The Nude Mona Lisa, close up 1

Leonardo da Vinci1514-1516

Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly
Chantilly, France

The Nude Mona Lisa is a cartoon, meaning it served as a draft for the elaboration of an ambitious work of art.

This large scale drawing on paper, measures 74.8 cm high by 56 cm wide. It is one of the largest cartoons to have survived from the period that shows an isolated full sized figure.

It represents a young women seated in three-quarter profile with her hands crossed. Her breast is exposed and she seems to be gazing at the viewer with an ambiguous smile. Her hair, skillfully coiffed and braided, underline her exceptional beauty.


  • Title: The Nude Mona Lisa, close up 1
  • Creator: Leonardo Da Vinci or his workshop
  • Date Created: 1514-1516
  • Physical Dimensions: 72,4 × 54 cm
  • Provenance: Henri d'Orléans duc d'Aumale's donation, made subject to usufruct in 1886
  • Subject Keywords: Portrait
  • Type: Cartoon
  • Rights: © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Chantilly) /Michel Urtado
  • Medium: Dessin au charbon de bois avec rehauts de blanc sur une double feuille encollée
  • Art Movement: Italian Renaissance

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