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

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

The sketch, previously attributed to da Vinci's students, is part of a collection at the Musee Conde du Domaine de Chantilly museum north of Paris.

Experts believe this may be Leonardo da Vinci's unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa.

He added that although the drawing had a similar composition as that of the original Mona Lisa, exhibited at the Louvre, the Monna Vanna was a parallel art piece and that the two were distinct.

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According to curator Mathieu Deldicque the signs include the paper the sketch was made on. Leonardo's oil painting Mona Lisa also known as La Gioconda remains one of the world's most recognisable and valuable works of art.

Experts say the hands and body in the sketch were nearly identical to that of the Mona Lisa.

"It is nearly certainly a preparatory work for an oil painting", he added, with the obvious inference being it is closely connected to the Mona Lisa.

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A Louvre conservation expert confirmed the drawing was created during Leonardo's lifetime at the turn of the 16th century.

But he said that "we must remain prudent" about definitively attributing it to da Vinci, who died in France in 1519. And now scientists and historians are trying to figure out if Leonardo da Vinci was the man who drew it. "Leonardo drew with his left hand", adding its analysis was a "job that is going to take some time".

"It is a very hard drawing to work on because it is particularly fragile".

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More than 10 experts have been poring over the drawing in the basement of the Louvre for the past few weeks, using a variety of scans and other scientific methods.

Experts are trying to determine whether a nude sketch was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci as a precursor to the Mona Lisa.

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

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