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The Mona Lisa – the most famous painting in the world

Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Paris
The Mona Lisa is the most famous, the most visited, the most expensive, the most "everything" painting in the world. The Mona Lisa's smile made the painting be analyzed and discussed more than any other painting.

Tourist Information

TypePainting, a Museum piece
Painted byLeonardo da Vinci
Other Names La Gioconda, Gioconda
Where is
Louvre Museum
Room 711- Denon wing – Level 1
All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot.
Bookings can be done through the online ticketing service.
17 E for Individual Visitor
Getting thereMetro: Louvre – Rivoli Station
LocationRue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France, Europe

The Mona Lisa – the most famous, the most visited, the most expensive, the most “everything” painting in the world

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. 

The painting is a remarkable instance of Leonardo’s sfumato technique.

The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world because it holds the world record for the highest-known insurance valuation in history.

Truly priceless, the painting cannot be bought or sold according to French heritage law. As part of the Louvre collection, the “Mona Lisa” belongs to the public, and by popular agreement, their hearts belong to her.

Mona Lisa’s smile

The Mona Lisa’s smile made the painting be analyzed and discussed more than any other painting.

When Livingstone blurred the face with a filter, the Mona Lisa looked as if she were smiling cheerfully. But homing in on the fine detail gave her a more demure expression. So Livingstone says that in his painting, da Vinci achieved an unusual effect: the Mona Lisa’s smile changes depending on where you look.

Who is Mona Lisa?

Some historians believe Mona Lisa is a Self-Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. The most common belief is that the painting depicts an Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Some say that the woman is Leonardo’s mother. And there is also a theory that the painting represents the same character as in Saint John the Baptist painting.

The heist of the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa was stolen in the summer of 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia and the theft has been reported in newspapers around the world. When the painting was found the world was happy and the fame of the painting exploded.

The painting suffered numerous vandalism attacks, one person threw acid at the painting, and another person throw a rock at the painting. Because of this, bulletproof glass is protecting this painting.

Mona Lisa has a mailbox

Mona Lisa has her own inbox, she receives letters, flowers and gifts from her admirers.

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