|Italian: La Gioconda, French: La Joconde|
|Artist||Leonardo da Vinci|
|Year||c. 1503–06, perhaps continuing until c.1517|
|Medium||Oil on poplar panel|
|Dimensions||77 cm × 53 cm (30 in × 21 in)|
|Location||Musée du Louvre, Paris|
The Mona Lisa (/ˌmoʊnə
The painting is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, and is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel. It had been believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. Recent academic work suggests that it would not have been started before 1513. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.
The subject’s expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modelling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.