Painted from 1503 to 1506 (four years) by Leonardo Da Vinci
Size: 30" in high by 20 7/8" wide (77cm by 53 cm)
Oil on a poplar wood panel
Mona Lisa´s inventory number at the Louvre is # 779.
The painting is unsigned and undated.
Mona Lisa´s painting has no assigned monetary value. It is priceless.
Mona Lisa Stollen
On August 21, 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian carpenter employed at the Louvre stole the painting from the wall of the Salon Carré where it hung between Correggio's Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine andTitian's Allegory of Alfanso d' Avalos leaving only the 4 iron pegs to which it was attached. It was recovered 2 years later in 1913.
In adition, Mona Lisa has been to the US in the 60's and to Japan and Moscow in the 70's.
Why Is Mona Lisa Famous?
- Mona Lisa was purchased by the King of France who kept it in his chateau, The Fontainebleau, where it dazzled dignitaries and members of the upper class. By the 1800's it was hanging in Napoleon's bedroom in Tuileries until 1797 when it was moved to the Louvre. France was the center of art and culture and in the Louvre Mona Lisa became accessible to the masses for viewing.
- During the 19th century it was subject of poetry, plays and songs. Mona Lisa was called a "femme fatale" adding intrigue and mystery to the meaning of her smile.
- In 1919, Dadaist, Marcel Duchamp painted a mustache and goatee on a post card to mock the painting. This too, received a great deal of attention and became Duchamp's most famous work of art.
- Mona Lisa toured the US in 1963 where a million and a half people rushed to view it, toured Japan and Moscow in 1974 where over 2 million came. Viewers left poems and flowers in front of the painting as if it were a religious icon.