Getting Artsy and Catching up with Mona Lisa

Its finally Friday! Do any of you have any special plans for the weekend?

If you happen to be in Madrid, there is something quite cool you can check out this weekend at the Museo del Prado!

In case you haven’t heard, an incredible copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, the Mona Lisa, was recently found in the vaults of the Museo del Prado. The painting is believed to have been painted by one of Da Vinci’s apprentices, alongside Da Vinci as he was painting the original!

As you can imagine, art historians are incredibly excited about this discovery, as it gives new insight as to what the model of the world’s most famous painting may have actually looked like!

If you’ve ever been to the Louvre, the first thing you would have probably noticed about the Mona Lisa painting is how SMALL it is! And the fact that its behind very thick glass and that you can’t get near it. On top of that, the actual painting is covered in a darkened varnish, which cannot be restored because of the painting’s fragility. As a result, the woman in the painting appears middle aged (through no fault of her own!!)

The copy that we have here in the Prado reveals her as a young woman…giving all of us the chance to admire her in a totally different way. Talk about a makeover!

After five hundred years apart, the two versions will finally be reunited again later this year. However, right now you have the chance to go and see her at the Prado!

Take a look at this video all about it:

This seems like a great plan for the weekend, and maybe we can squeeze in a picnic after (weather permitting)!

The Prado is open from Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM, and then Sundays from 10 AM – 7 PM. General admission tickets are 12 € each.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.museodelprado.es/en

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

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