If you thought iconic painting are only duplicated in art black markets, think again! Legendary painters have also replicated their own masterpieces! Surprised? Don’t be. Some great masters created different versions of essentially the same subject with only slight reconfiguration to emphasise on different aspects.
Below are five famous paintings and their siblings.
Leonardo da Vinci painted two versions of Mona Lisa, the lady with the enigmatic smile! The original is on display at Musée du Louvre, Paris. The purported version called Isleworth Mona Lisa, which remained unseen in a Swiss vault, illustrates a younger woman in a different backdrop.
The Virgin of the Rocks:
The Renaissance master also created two nearly identical works of The Virgin of the Rocks, depicting Madonna with a child in a rocky grotto flanked by John the Baptist and an angel. Both canvases, one in the Louvre and the other in London's National Gallery are quite similar in form and composition but differ in colour, lighting and symbolism.
Supper at Emmaus:
Michelangelo Caravaggio painted two works titled Supper at Emmaus, one in 1601 and the other in 1606. The former is on display in the National Gallery in London while the latter hangs at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. The scene portrays Christ at an inn after his resurrection with three disciples. There are significant variants in the two pieces. While the earlier work is brighter, the recreated image has an additional character and is in darker muted tones.
Edvard Munch created a quartet of The Scream. He made a painted and a crayon piece in 1893 which can be found in Oslo’s National Gallery and Munch Museum respectively. Two years later, he crafted a vibrant version in pastel of the skeletal character. Then in 1910, the Norwegian artist used tempera paints on board for his final Scream.
Vincent Van Gogh produced four different versions of the Wilting Sunflowers arranged haphazardly in earthenware pots. The series of the blooms are similar in most aspects, yet each stands out as distinctive work of art. One painting was destroyed in the 2nd World War. Among the remaining three, one is in the National Gallery, another in Munich and the third is part of a private collection.