"Mona Lisa" Louvre Tip by Erin74

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  Mona Lisa
by Erin74

The Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda) is perhaps the most famous painting in the world. Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece resides in The Louvre and is probably the most popular piece of art in that vast museum.

The Mona Lisa was painted between 1503-1506 and was thought to be named after the sitter. Many theories have been advanced regarding the meaning of the enigmatic smile on the woman's face and the identity of the subject. Many believe she was the Florentine wife of Francesco del Giocondo.

The Mona Lisa moved to France with da Vinci in the early 16th Century, where it has remained except for a short spell when it was stolen by a Louvre employee in 1911. The painting was discovered two years later in a Florence hotel.

Mona Lisa is located in the "Denon" wing of The Louvre and is displayed behind glass to protect it from climatic changes and camera flashes.

Expect large crowds to be gathered around the Mona Lisa. In the summer, it is especially crowded in this area. Your best bet is to get to the Louvre right when it opens (at 9:00am) and then rush over to see the Mona Lisa right away, before there are throngs of people around it.

Address: Pyramide - Cour Napoléon, 75001 Paris
Directions: Take the metro Line 1 to Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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