The Daily Frame

BY Tom LeGro  February 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM EST


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Officials at Spain’s Prado Museum said Wednesday that a “Mona Lisa” copy owned by the museum was almost certainly painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils alongside da Vinci himself as he created the original that now hangs in the Louvre.

According to The Art Newspaper, “[W]hat is most exciting about the Prado replica is what it reveals about Leonardo’s original. In the Madrid copy there are areas that are better preserved than in the Louvre painting. The replica gives us more detail of the spindles of the chair, the frill on the edge of the fabric on Lisa’s chest and the semi-transparent veil around her left shoulder, arm and elbow.”

You can compare the copy and the original “Mona Lisa” in this interactive on the Guardian’s website.

Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images.