Drawing’s Mona Lisa style puts da Vinci in frame

Left, the drawing now thought to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Middle, the Donna Nuda at the Hermitage in St Petersburg. Right, the Mona Vanna, on display in Italy, which is believed to be the work of Salai, a student of the artist

A drawing of a naked character, which bears striking similarities to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, could be by the artist himself and not one of his students new research shows.

Initially called Mona Vanna and later the Nude Mona Lisa, the artwork is on show in Chantilly to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist, who spent his last years in Amboise, Indre-et-Loire.

The discovery is the result of two years of analysis by the musée Condé, which owns the drawing, and the Centre for research and restoration of the museums of France (C2RMF).

It is said to have ...

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