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Portrait of Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo; 1503-06; Oil on wood, 77 x 53 cm; Musee du Louvre, Paris. This figure of a woman, dressed in the Florentine fashion of her day and seated in a visionary, mountainous landscape, is a remarkable instance of Leonardo's sfumato technique of soft, heavily shaded modeling. The Mona Lisa's enigmatic expression, which seems both alluring and aloof, has given the portrait universal fame.
 
 
Portrait of Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo; 1503-06; Oil on wood, 77 x 53 cm; Musee du Louvre, Paris. This figure of a woman, dressed in the Florentine fashion of her day and seated in a visionary, mountainous landscape, is a remarkable instance of Leonardo's sfumato technique of soft, heavily shaded modeling. The Mona Lisa's enigmatic expression, which seems both alluring and aloof, has given the portrait universal fame. More...

 
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