Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde) is a 16th-century portrait
painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the
Italian Renaissance. It is arguably the most famous painting in the
world, and few other works of art have been subject to as much
scrutiny, study, mythologizing and parody.
 The work is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée
du Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini,
wife of Francesco del Giocondo.
The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a woman whose
expression is often described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the
sitter's expression, the monumentality of the half-figure composition,
and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were
novel qualities that have contributed to the painting's continuing