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This incredible three coin set, celebrates one of the most beautiful artworks ever, the Mona Lisa, the famous painting displayed at the Louvre museum, and her two sisters, the restored copy in the Museum of Prado and The Isleworth Mona Lisa. Three edgeless printed 999 silver coins, individually numbered, housed in high quality acrylic crafted in Italy and limited to only 500 collections!
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The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is the famous 16th-century portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. Her mysterious smile has beguiled generations of viewers, but the true identity of this beauty remains unknown, despite intensive research by art historians. Many believe the Mona Lisa to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, hence its name in Italian, "La Gioconda". Others have suggested the subject was a mistress of da Vinci, or even a self-portrait, with da Vinci imagining himself as a woman.
Leonardo's painting is famous among artist scholars for its innovative techniques, including sfumato (shown in the painting's distinctive hazy, soft-focus effect) and chiaroscuro (the complex interplay of light and shadow).
The Prado Mona Lisa
An important copy of the Mona Lisa was recently discovered in the collection of the Prado in Madrid.
The background had been painted over, but when the painting was cleaned, scientific analysis revealed that the copy was likely painted by another artist who sat beside Leonardo da Vinci and copied his work, brush-stroke by brush-stroke.
Infrared reflectographyreveals drawing lines under the paint, invisible to the naked eye. Every adjustment that Leonardo made on his underlying drawing was repeated in the copy, indicating that the two pieces were painted in tandem.
The restored copy provides some insights into the original masterpiece. Its underlying drawing is crisper and helps in understanding the original. The copy shows details in the texture of the mountains and the folds of the garment, for example, that are hidden behind the old varnish in the original.
The Isleworth Mona Lisa
The Isleworth Mona Lisa had been hidden in a Swiss bank vault for 40 years before being unveiled to the public on September 27, 2012. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich has dated the piece to Leonardo's lifetime, and an expert in sacred geometry says it conforms to the artist's basic line structures.
Shortly before World War I, English art collector Hugh Blakerdiscovered the painting in the home of a Somerset nobleman.
This discovery led to the conjecture that Leonardo painted two portraits of Lisa del Giocondo: the famous one in the Louvre, and the one discovered by Blaker, who bought the painting and took it to his studio in Isleworth. London, from which it takes its name.Supporters of the authenticity of the Isleworth Mona Lisa claim it to be the unfinished Mona Lisa, made at least partially by Leonardo and originally handed over to its commissioner, and the Louvre Mona Lisaa later version of it, made by Leonardo for his own use.
The rectangular shape of the coins call to mind an artist's tableau or canvas, and reproduces the three Mona Lisa paintings in full color. The coin obverse depicts the image of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, at the sides, semi-circular inscription: NIUE ISLAND (issuer). At the bottom the face value: 5 DOLLARS.