Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, is the most famous painting of the Louvre Museum, the largest museum in the world. It is probably too the most famous painting in the world. No one can skip the Mona Lisa. But, by all means, don't limit your visit to the Louvre Museum to Mona Lisa and discover the many other treasures of this infinitely rich museum of arts.
Mona Lisa is the most famous masterpiece of the Louvre Museum. Mona Lisa is so famous there is always a crowd around it taking pictures and trying to get a glimpse of it.
Mona Lisa is an oil painting on wood. It portaits the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a woman, dressed in Florentine fashion seated in a visionary, mountainous landscape.
Mona Lisa is a remarkable example of Leonardo's sfumato technique of soft, heavily shaded modeling. The Mona Lisa's enigmatic expression, which seems both alluring and aloof, has given the portrait universal fame.
Mona Lisa is one of the glories of the collection of Italian renaissance paintings of the Louvre. Don't skip the others. If you want to see it in good conditions, we suggest you come at opening time and walk directly to it.
Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 in Florence, Italy. According to Leonardo's contemporary, Giorgio Vasari, "after he had lingered over it four years, he left it unfinished". Leonardo, later in his life, is said to have regretted "never having completed a single work".
In 1516, Leonardo was invited by King François I to work at the Clos Luce near the King's castle of Amboise in the Loire Valley. It is believed that he took the Mona Lisa with him and continued to work after he moved to Clos Luce.
Upon his death, the painting was inherited by his pupil Salaì. Francis I bought the painting for 4,000 ecus and kept it at Palace of Fontainebleau, where it remained until Louis XIV moved the painting to the Palace of Versailles.
After the 1789 French Revolution, the painting was moved to the Louvre Museum, but spent a brief period in the bedroom of Napoleon in the Tuileries Palace near Le Louvre.
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La Belle Ferronniere is another painting in the Louvre attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It is said to be a portrait of Ludovico Sforza's mistress Lucrezia Crivelli. The sitter gazes out from a dark background. Her head and shoulders are illuminated by a light from the front, she is almost lit by the viewer’s eyes. Her head turns with a twisting motion to her left and her eyes also gaze to the left complementing the sense of movement. Leonardo has achieved an astonishing smoothness of finish in the facial tones. The lady wears a Spanish costume and a decoration of beads around her neck. The beauty that Leonardo has achieved with this portrait was acclaimed at the time when it was first created.
The Virgin and Child with St Anne in Louvre Museum was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1510. It is Oil on wood and measures 168 x 130 cm. This painting depicts St. Anne, her daughter, the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus. Christ is shown grappling with a sacrificial lamb symbolising his Passion whilst the Virgin tries to restrain him. The painting was commissioned as the high altarpiece for the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence.