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Mona Lisa NAKED: Leonardo da Vinci painted 'NUDE sketch' of famous painting

Mona Lisa NAKED: Leonardo da Vinci painted 'NUDE sketch' of famous painting

It has been held since 1862 in the collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum at the Palace of Chantilly, north of the French capital. It was attributed to Leonardo's studio suggesting a student produced the sketch and not Leonardo himself.

Deborah de Roberti, a performance artist spread her bare legs before Mona Lisa Painting in the Louvre museum.

Deldicque said that while it was exciting to think the charcoal drawing was created by Leonardo, there were more tests to be done. The museum's curators made a decision to conduct extended tests on the sketch after new preliminary research, and ahead of the 2019 exhibition, Mr. Deldicque said. We are looking at something which was worked on in parallel with the Mona Lisa at the end of Leonardo's life, museum curator Mathieu Deldicque told reporters, adding that "it is nearly certainly a preparatory work for an oil painting". "It is nearly certainly a preparatory work for an oil painting", he added.

But while both portraits are similar in size and their hands and body are nearly identical, it appears that at least some of the drawing had been worked on by a right-handed artist, while da Vinci was left-handed.

The drawing is nearly the same size as the famous painting and small holes around the figure suggest it may have been used to trace the form onto a canvas.

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He told the Parisien newspaper that tests had already revealed that it was not a copy of a lost original.

He said: "The hatching on the top of the drawing near the head was done by a right-handed person". And now scientists and historians are trying to figure out if Leonardo da Vinci was the man who drew it.

"It is a job that is going to take some time", he added.

The Mona Lisa is thought to have been a portrait of the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a cloth merchant, and Florentine official.

There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso - could it be an unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa?

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