The Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci

Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous painting in the world. It features a modest woman with a facial expression that has typically been described as "enigmatic". It has been a source of fascination for centuries, and it will continue to be studied for years to come.

The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci between the years of 1503 and 1519. He worked o­n it for a long period of time in the twilight years of his life. It is currently owned by the Government of France, and it is o­n public display in the Louvre in Paris.

An estimated 6 million people view the Mona Lisa each year. It is hung o­n a wall within a special climate-controlled enclosure, which is surrounded by bulletproof glass. The official name of the painting is "Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo". Although it is widely believed to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, there are many other theories. o­ne such theory is that the painting is actually a feminized self-portrait of Da Vinci himself.

One of the most interesting things about the Mona Lisa is its tumultuous past. In 1911, it was stolen from the Louvre. The entire world thought that the painting was gone forever. It was finally recovered two years later. It has been a popular target for vandals ever since. In 1956, someone severely damaged the Mona Lisa by tossing acid o­n the bottom portion of it, and another man chipped some of the paint off when he threw a rock at it. In 1974, a woman tried to ruin it with a can of red spray paint. It was incidents like these that prompted the French Government to place it behind bulletproof glass.

The Mona Lisa is certainly o­ne of the most intriguing paintings in the world. We can o­nly hope that humanity can continue to appreciate it for many centuries to come.