The sketch, previously attributed to Leonardo's students, is part of a collection at the Musee Conde du Domaine de Chantilly, north of Paris
In this June 1, 2016 file photo, visitors crowded in front of Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Mona Lisa' at Musée du Louvre in Paris. French government art experts are trying to find out, analyzing a charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso, in a laboratory beneath the Louvre Museum to see if Leonardo da Vinci himself drew it before painting his 16th century masterpiece. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File), photo: AP/Markus Schreiber, File
29 of September 2017 16:45:24
PARIS – There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso — could it be an unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa by the master himself?French government art experts are trying to find out, analyzing the sketch in a laboratory beneath the Louvre, the museum where the Mona Lisa hangs, to see if Leonardo da Vinci drew it before painting his 16th century masterpiece.The sketch, previously attributed to Leonardo's students, is part of a collection at the Musee Conde du Domaine de Chantilly, north of Paris."This drawing is quite mysterious because we know it was made in Italy, maybe in the studio of Leonardo da Vinci or by the master himself," said museum curator Mathieu Deldicque.There are tempting clues that Leonardo's hand could have been behind the sketch."For the moment we know that the paper on which this [sketch] is drawn was dated from the time of Leonardo da Vinci ... that is to say the beginning of the 16th century," Deldicque said in an interview Friday with a news agency. "We know that this paper comes from Italy, between Venice and Florence, so it is similar."