TheMona Lisais a half-length portrait ofLisa Gherardiniby theItalian RenaissanceartistLeonardo da Vinci, which has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world."
The painting is a portrait ofLisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, and is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired byKing Francis I of Franceand is now the property of theFrench Republic, on permanent display at theLouvre MuseuminParissince 1797.
The subject's expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic,the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.
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