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Mona Lisa room in Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa is located in room 701 on level one of Denon aisle of the Louvre Museum in Paris, the capital of France. The most famous painting in the world was painted in 1503 by Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci. No one can skip the Mona Lisa. But, don't limit your visit to the Louvre Museum to Mona Lisa and discover its many other art treasures. Louvre Museum facts.

Mona Lisa facts

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's Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa location in Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa is in room 701 on level one of Denon aisle (first floor in English, second floor in American English) as shown on the museum floorplan below. Download the official Louvre map pdf and guide with floor plan and Mona Lisa location.

Mona Lisa on Louvre Museum floor plan

History of Mona Lisa

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.

Leonardo da Vinci by himself
Leonardo da Vinci by himself

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The Louvre is open 9am to 6pm all days except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st, November 11th, December 25th. It is open until 9.45pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.
Full-day Louvre Museum entrance fee: 15 euros (17 euros online). From October to March: access is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month. Buy Museum tickets (17 euros online price). Paris museums

The Louvre pyramid
The Louvre pyramid

La Belle Ferronnière - Louvre

La Belle Ferronnière 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.

La Belle Ferronnière - Vinci - Louvre
La Belle Ferronnière - Vinci - Louvre

Saint John the Baptist - Louvre

In Christianity, John the Baptist is the prophet who announced the coming of Jesus. He baptized him on the banks of the Jordan, leaving some of his disciples to join him.

The torso and the face of St. John the Baptist emerge against a dark background. He holds a fine reed crucifix in his left hand and stretches his right hand to the sky. He is represented as he lived, as a hermit, wearing a simple animal skin. Thanks to the "sfumato", a technical process that blurs contours and details, the prophet who announces the coming of Christ comes out of the darkness at the same time and returns at the same time to the shadow "once his message is proclaimed.

The painting is generally dated from Vinci's Roman period between 1513 and 1516. It could be a commission from Leo X, the Florentine pope. The painting would be a tribute to the patron saint of Florence.

Saint John the Baptist - Vinci - Louvre
Saint John the Baptist - Vinci - Louvre
Mary, Ann and child - Vinci - Louvre
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne - Vinci - Louvre

The Virgin and Child with Saint 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 Saint 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.

Louvre Museum facts

The Louvre Museum in the right bank of the Seine river is both a beautiful French royal palace and the world's most visited museum with 9.6 million visitors in 2019. The Louvre Museum is also the world's largest museum. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). The Louvre Museum displays the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, probably the most famous painting in the world, and many other famous Italian renaissance paintings. French paintings are extremely well represented up to and excluding the impressionists exposed at Musée d'Orsay. Delacroix is best known for the Liberty guiding the people. Flemish paintings by Rubens, Brueghel and Van Dick were mostly bought by the Kings and Queens. Dutch paintings by famous XVIIth century painters Rembrandt, Vermeer and De Hooch are well represented in the Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museum also displays world class collections of, in particular, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Islamic Arts. The French Crown Jewels are another collection worth the trip.

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