A second Mona Lisa?

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Kimberly Smith, Student Writer

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SWITZERLAND- Even in death, Leonardo da Vinci has done it again by amazing us with his talent for the arts.

Recently, a second painting was found in the most unlikely place, and it is believed to have been done by da Vinci himself.

Created in 1503, the Mona Lisa came to life and her beauty captured people. A Switzerland bank vault had kept the painting preserved for centuries, but there’s one problem with the new painting- the claim on who gets it.

The portrait now stands at the center of an impending legal battle over its ownership. 

Original Mona Lisa on left (photo from CNN)

Leonardo had painted the Mona Lisa in 1503, but “left it unfinished.” A fully completed painting of a “Florentine lady” surfaced again in 1517, shortly before Leonardo’s death. According to Leonardo’s early biographer Giorgio Vasari, the latter painting almost certainly is the one that now hangs in the Louvre. Based on this contradiction, supporters of the authenticity of the Isleworth Mona Lisa claim it is the unfinished Mona Lisa.

 For more information on the Isleworth Mona Lisa, click here.