The Mona Lisa (Italian: Monna Lisa or La Gioconda, French: La Joconde) or La
Gioconda is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has
been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about,
the most parodied work of art in the world".
The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of
Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been
painted between 1503 and 1506. Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was
acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent
display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.