The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It was created by world-famous Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It was painted sometime between 1503 and 1519. The subject of this painting is Lisa Gherardini. Her husband Francesco Del Giocondo commissioned the work.
This oil-on-wood panel painting is 30 by 21 inches and weighs 18 pounds. More than 30 layers of paint have been used on the painting and some of them are thinner than a human hair. This painting is worth approximately $782 million.
Quick Facts: –
- The smallest copy of Mona Lisa is only 30 micrometres small.
- The painting was acquired by King Francis I of France and later became the property of the French Republic.
- In 1911, the painting was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. Pablo Picasso was one of the suspects but later he was proved innocent.
- Now it is encased securely in a bulletproof glass in the Louvre Museum of Paris. The painting has its own climate controlled room.
- The room was exclusively built for Mona Lisa and it cost approximately more than 7 million dollars.
- The painting has its own mailbox. Since 1815, it has received plenty of love letters from admirers.
- The subject of the painting has no clearly visible eyebrows or eyelashes. It is believed that they gradually disappeared over time or because of over cleaning.