The Prado's Gioconda

Mona Lisa copy reveals new detail

A painting thought to be the earliest replica of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa has been discovered at Madrid's Prado Museum.

The Prado said it did not realise its significance until a recent restoration revealed hidden layers.

The artwork features the same female figure, but had been covered over with black paint and varnish.

The painting is thought to have been created by one of Leonardo's students alongside the 16th century original.

Source: BBC News


hidden (adj) -

a layer -

a thriving business -

to hang (a painting) -

cracked (adj) -

enticing (adj) -

landscape (n) -

the backround -

to lead sb to stg -

to carry out -

findings (n) -

to allow -

Grammar point:

" It actually makes her look much younger" (than she is)

We use "much" before comparatives, when there is a big difference between the two things that we are comparing.

Other examples:
  • My English is much better than this time last year.
  • He is much more handsome than his brother.
  • I have travelled much further than her.

Write some examples of your own with much + comparative.

    Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
    Men have named you
    You're so like the lady with the mystic smile
    Is it only cause you're lonely
    They have blamed you
    For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile

    Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa
    Or is this your way to hide a broken heart
    Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep
    They just lie there, and they die there
    Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa
    Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art


    luciti said…
    Hi Graham!

    you will be surprised: why have I read this article? The explanation is that I have gone into the blog in this post and I thought that it was current. It's the same, the article is very interesting and I didn't know this issue. Also I am listening to art historians opinions and I have understood all of them execpt last one.
    After that, I am looking for samples of gerund an to+infinitive and this is my analysis:

    Doing exercises about article “Mona Lisa copy reveals new detail” with Gerunds (verb + ing) / to + infinitive

    1.- Using gerund as the subject of a sentence; samples
    a.-The restored painting
    b.-our understanding
    c.- cleaning and restoration
    d.-The museum presented its findings
    e.-the original drawings
    2.- After prepositions. Samples :
    a.-after using x-rays to analyse
    b.-There are dozens of surviving Mona Lisa replica

    3.- Adjetives?? Can we built adjetives with +ing ?
    a.- You see Lisa's eyes, which are quite enticing
    b.-There are dozens of surviving Mona Lisa replicas

    to + infinitivo
    1.- Why? (reason, purpose)
    a.-has led experts to speculate
    b.-appears to show.
    c.-after using x-rays to analyse
    d.- There is still some restoration to complete on the painting
    2,. After adjetives: No samples
    3.- After certain verbs. Samples;
    a.- thought to be

    Now, I am going to dinner with my friends..

    I hope to have a good saturday night!!
    Graham said…
    Hi Lucía,

    You don't have to do just the recent posts. There are plenty of posts in the past that you can do too. You should use the Labels and Archive to discover them.

    I'm impressed how you have used your initiative to analyse the text for gerunds and infinitives.

    Many nouns end in -ing eg a painting, a drawing, understanding, findings ... but they are not gerunds.

    Likewise many adjectives take the -ing form eg surviving, enticing, thriving ... but they are not gerunds.

    1. Using gerund as the subject of a sentence:

    However, cleaning and restoration is thought to be too risky because the painting is fragile.

    ... copying famous artworks was a thriving business.

    2. After prepositions. Examples :

    After using x-rays to analyse ...

    1.- Why? (reason, purpose)

    After using x-rays to analyse... (Why did they use x-rays? To analyse...)

    3. After certain verbs:

    a. has led experts to speculate... ( lead + object + to )

    b. appears to show... ( appear + to )

    "is thought to be" appears three times in the text. It is an example of a reporting verb. See Passive of Reporting Verbs for an explanation and practice.

    I hope you enjoyed your Saturday night.

    See you on Tuesday.