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Kent Art Association hosts free talk on ‘Mona Lisa’

CT NewsroomMay 28, 2019

For Connecticut Open House Day, the Kent Art Association is hosting a free talk Saturday, June 8, by art historian Matt Soltis on Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” arguably one of the most recognizable paintings in the world.

The 21” x 30” portrait of the woman with the mysterious smile and no eyebrows is one of Louvre Museum’s prized pieces of artwork. But what if there were another one that can also be authenticated as having been painted by Da Vinci? In 1919 another Mona Lisa was discovered, but unlike all other claims, this one has passed every scientific test as well as won the approval of many Mona Lisa and Da Vinci scholars. If this version, which is strongly believed to be an earlier version of the painting hanging in the Louvre in Paris, wins the approval of all scholars, it could change everything.

Soltis will explore this possibility and it is implications, in addition to an in-depth discussion of the painting itself.

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Soltis is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in art, and is member of the Cornwall Arts Collective.

Kent Art Association Gallery, 21 S. Main St., Kent. Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m. Free. 860-927-3989.

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