A buff sketch of the Mona Lisa?

Hands and body are like paint­ing

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY TOM PARRY Spe­cial Cor­re­spo­dent tom.parry@mir­ror.co.uk

THIS nude sketch bear­ing a strik­ing re­sem­blance to the Mona Lisa may have been drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, ex­perts be­lieve.

The char­coal im­age had been at­trib­uted to the artist’s stu­dents.

But re­searchers at the Lou­vre in Paris, home to world’s best-known paint­ing, found the hands and body are al­most iden­ti­cal to those in Leonardo’s early 16th-cen­tury mas­ter­piece.

It is also al­most the same size as the Mona Lisa and holes around the fig­ure sug­gest it may have been used to trace it on to a can­vas.

It could take two years, how­ever, to fi­nally con­firm if it is da Vinci’s work.

RID­DLE Was mas­ter­piece based on draw­ing?

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