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Manner of Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1900

Mona Lisa

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Manner of Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1900

Manner of Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1900

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

378,000

GBP

Manner of Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1900

Mona Lisa


oil on canvas, unlined

unframed: 79.1 x 54.6 cm.; 31⅛ x 21½ in.

framed: 96.4 x 71.9 cm.; 38 x 28¼ in

The canvas is unlined, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is yellowed. There are a few discoloured retouchings visible to the naked eye: in the top of her hair, in the sky to the left of her head, beside her left eye, in the centre of her chest, beside her left shoulder and in her left elbow, and in and around the end of her right sleeve. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these and further reveals some small retouchings around the margins, and another larger area below her hands. Despite all these, the painting presents well in its current state.


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Private collection, Germany, for at least a generation;
On the art market, Germany, 2020;
From whom acquired by the present owner.

This image, perhaps the most famous in the world, finds its source in Leonardo da Vinci's iconic portrait in the Louvre, thought to depict Lisa Gherardini, the wife of the Florentine silk merchant Francesco Giocondo.1 The original, painted on a poplar panel, is a mature work by Leonardo that represents the culmination of his artistic achievements.


Other, 17th-century, copies have sold at Sotheby's New York, 31 January 2019, lot 171 for $1,695,000 and Sotheby's Paris, 19 November 2019, lot 3, for EUR 552,500.


1 https://collections.louvre.fr/en/ark:/53355/cl010066723