Mona Lisa’s duplicate within the Fifties from an artwork supplier in Good
A reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s well-known Mona Lisa portray is happening sale in Paris, the place it’s anticipated to fetch as much as €300,000 ($365,645; £257,813).
Mentioned to have been created by a follower of da Vinci within the early seventeenth Century, it’s extensively referred to as the Mona Lisa Hekking after ex-owner Raymond Hekking.
Hekking, who died in 1977, solid doubt on the authenticity of the unique masterpiece now on the Louvre museum.
The early duplicate shall be bought at Christie’s public sale home in Paris.
Hekking acquired the canvas within the Fifties from an artwork supplier in Good.
“This work and its historical past illustrate the fascination that the Mona Lisa and the aura of Leonardo da Vinci have all the time held,” Christie’s mentioned in a press release.
It quoted Pierre Etienne, worldwide director of Outdated Grasp Work, as saying the Mona Lisa Hekking “is the dream of a person with a ardour for artwork. She is his Excellent.
“Raymond Hekking was her staunch defender amongst artwork historians and the world’s media.”
The unique Mona Lisa is presumably the world’s most well-known portray, and Italian Renaissance grasp Leonardo da Vinci is thought to be considered one of historical past’s best artists.
The masterpiece is believed to have been painted within the early sixteenth Century.
Guests admire Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa at Paris’ Louvre museum. Picture: Could 2021
Guests have been in a position once more to admire the Mona Lisa after the Louvre reopened earlier this 12 months after months of Covid closure
The theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 brought about a global sensation. Vincenzo Peruggia, an worker of the world’s most visited museum, hid in a cabinet in a single day to take da Vinci’s portray.
It was recovered in 1913 when he tried to promote it to an antiques supplier in Florence.
Two years in the past, a bitter battle erupted over the possession of a portray referred to as the “Earlier Mona Lisa” discovered above a fire in a London flat within the Sixties.
In 1979, the BBC acquired a glimpse of the “Earlier Mona Lisa” when it was held by a earlier proprietor inside a Swiss financial institution vault