Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Title:Mona Lisa
Artist:Leonardo da Vinci
Owner:Louvre Museum
Country of Origin:Italy
Date of Creation:1506 AD
Tags:Paintings Portraits
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This painting is perhaps the best known icon in the art world. The Mona Lisa's mysterious personality and slight smile has intrigued many people throughout history. It was first purchased by King Fran├žois I of France in 1516, then mainly stayed in France, even adorning Napoleon I's bedroom, before being placed in the Louvre.

The woman depicted in the painting is believed to be Lisa del Giocondo, who was in the Gherardini Family of Florence, Italy. She married Francesco del Giocondo, who was a wealthy silk merchant. The painting was supposedly commissioned by him to hang in their new house and celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea.