'Early Mona Lisa' unveiled

September 27 2012

Image of 'Early Mona Lisa' unveiled

Picture: Sky News

The picture has been unveiled to the press, but so far there are few specific details revealed. The 'Mona Lisa Foundation' website is still not available, but it says it will be at 3pm. Ooh, they are a tease. The evidence so far seems a little underwhelming, at least according to the quotes on the Press Association.

Apparently the key summation is this:

"So far, not one scientific test has been able to disprove that the painting is by Leonardo," said art historian Stanley Feldman, a foundation member and principal author of a foundation book Mona Lisa: Leonardo's Earlier Version.

Which is a long way from saying tests have proved that it is by Leonardo. Usually, scientific analysis can tell you what a painting is not, not what it is. As far as I know, even proponents of exclusively scientific attributions have yet to come up with an 'is it by Leonardo' test.

But there is at least a fat book you can buy! Tho' it seems you have to read it with white gloves...

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