I have always found it hard to believe that the
Mona Lisa in the Louvre is a portrait of a
24 year old lady. Leonardo would have to be one of
the worst artst on the planet if this was
his impression of a young lady. The Louvre Mona Lisa
IMHO definetly looks
like someone who is 30-40 years old.
The younger Mona Lisa has been lost to time. However, Raphel did make a quick ink sketch of it after Leonardo painted it. For my Covid19 project I will try to show what it would havbe looked like.
I will not try to replicate what Leonardo did. I am not a master artist. Instead, I will try to give my impression of what the first Mona Lisa would have looked like based on Raphel's pen sketch. This not something that will take a few days to complete. I will take me time and do as best a job as I can.
This is the research I am doing for this project.
Raphael's sketch done at time of Leonardo's painting in 1506.
Ms Lisa del Giocondo
was 24 when the painting was done. The painting was
commissioned to celebrate the birth of her second son
and a new home.
Raphael wourked this sketch into a finished painting "Young land with Unicorn"
This sketch does look like
a lady who is in her early 20's.
Whereas, the Louvre and Islewworth paintings
depict a much older woman in dark colors.
This painiting wass probably given to the Giocondo family and has since been lost to time.
This sketch seems to have a error in it. The nose seems too long. The length of of the nose should be equall to the distance between the center of the puplis.
Artists also divide also divided the face into thirds. From the chin to the forehead. 1/3. From the base of chin to the base of the nose is 1/3. And 1/3 from the base of nose to eyebrows.
This is my version of Raphlelsl's sketch corrected. IMHO, my lisa looks more like a 24 year old than Raphal's All i did was shorten her nose and shift the mouth over a hare..
Raphel's sketch may have been deliberate or Lisa really looked like Raphels's picture.
The key in portrait drawing is getting the proprtions right. if you get one proportion wrong it affects everything else.
The colors can be off but if the proportions are correct you can still recognize the face. Some artists skew the proprotions deliberately. Also some folks are just born with noses, mouths, and eyes, and chins that don't comfort to usual proportions.
In Raphael's finished portrait from his sketch of Lisa "Young land with Unicorn" Raphael used the same proprotions as in this sketch.
Raphel's sketch is not marked up with with holes. This means this sketch was not used (as a cartoon) to transfer the sketch to for painitng the "Lady with a Unicorn" instead it was a study of the "Mona Lisa" as Leonardo painted it.
This painting is known as the
Isleworth Mona Lisa.
Leondardo probably painted the face and hands and
had a student finish the rest.
This painting and "Leda and the Swan" was given to Leonardo's student and companion Salai. Both paintings are mentioned in Salai's will 1524. After Saladi's death the "Leda" was lost to time. This painting eventaully becaome the Isleworth painting.
The painting looks like it is almost new. Very little aging has occured compared to the Louvre'a painting. However, paint samples and radiocarbon testing dates it to Leonardo's time.
It is not unusual for Leonardo to paint a second version of the "Mona Lisa". Since, Leonardo is known for making copies of his own painitngs by his studio
is in the Louvre in Paris, France
It depicts a older lady not one who is 24 year
old and in the prime of her life.
The lady is also wearing a veil which
The painting was in Leonardo's possession when he died and later acquired by King Francis I of France after Leonardo's death. Leonardo told a visitor that the painting was of a "certain Florentine woman, done from life, and was commissioned by Giuliano de’ Medici.
Giuliano much admired Leonardo's 24 year old "Lisa" painting. He commissioned Leonardo to do a similar paintinf but of a older lady friend. from life.
According to the Mona lisa org the most likely canidate for the Louvre painting is a older version using the same pose in the Raphael sketch.
La Bella Principessa (The Beautiful Princess), Pastel and Ink, 13 in × 9.4 in, 1495
actually looks like a 24 year old lady!!!
It ia one of the first pastels ever made. It was done to illustrate Ms. Galeazzo Sanseverino Wedding Book in 1496 Ms. Sanseverino the illegitimate daughter of Ludovico Sforza, Leonardo's employer. Unfortunately Ms Sanseverino died in 1496.