In a press conference with more than a hundred journalists and cameramen present, a painting that was kept in a vault in Switzerland for over forty years, was shown publicly for the first time. The drawing is of “Mona Lisa.” The same famous character once painted by painter Leonardo da Vinci. But this one shows the woman being 10 years younger.
The painting shows a “Mona Lisa” younger than the one currently hanging in the Louvre musiem in Paris, and according to a Swiss Foundation, headquartered in Zurich, it was painted 10 years before the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, and the subject is same woman, but 10 years younger.
The foundations claims it has collected “historical evidence” and all its scientific findings show that there were always two portraits of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The foundation published a 320 page book that gathers evidence showing the new revealed portrait was also painted by the famous artist.
The painting is now owned by an international body that wishes to remain anonymous. The foundation bought the painting back in 2003 from the wife of a late art collector, Henry Pulitzer. He himself bought the painting in 1962 and then kept it in a safe place in Switzerland. He left the painting to his wife Elisabeth Meyer after he died who in turn sold it to the current owners.
X-ray and infrared examination of the painting have shown that the version is earlier than the original Mona Lisa currently at display in Louvre Museum in Paris.
The foundation has declined to estimate the value of the painting.