The Mona Lisa is Leonardo’s most famous painting. Lisa was the wife of a rich trader in silk named Francesco del Giocondo.
Leonardo started to paint Lisa’s portrait around 1503 in
Leonardo took the painting with him when he moved to Amboise in 1516. He worked on it again, off and on, for three more years. He finished it just before he died in 1519. The finished painting is only 30 x 21 inches (77 x 53 cm).
After Leonardo died, Francis 1st, king of
According to Wikipedia, over 6,000,000 people see Leonardo’s Mona Lisa each year. Yet the average person only looks at the painting for 15 seconds.