Perhaps the most famous face in the art world, the Mona Lisa has kept crowds from all corners of the world visiting the Musee du Louvre, Paris, since she first went on permanent public display. Leonardo Davinci’s subject, Lisa Gherardini – wealthy Florence silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo’s wife – has been the intrigue of swarming voyeurists fascinated by her ambiguous smile; her expression described as enigmatic. Considered the prototype of the renaissance portrait, La Gioconda has become a popular subject for caricature. The internet is full of ideas of how the Mona Lisa would have been depicted by artists of our time.
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Andy Warhol Pop ArtThe Prado in Madrid is now boasting to have unearthed a copy of the Mona Lisa by one of Davinci’s pupils, whom produced the work by his side. Currently being restored to its former glory, fans of the beauty which was painted in 1503, will soon have more insight into her true appearance. Having been discovered under black over paint, the fresher version of the captivating women can be seen with greater detail than the Mona Lisa in the Louvre which has several layers of old, cracked varnish. The Guardian newspaper published an interactive comparative of both paintings on the 1st of February 2012.