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Some Interesting Facts You Should  Know About The Mona Lisa Painting

Nobody actually knows who Mona Lisa was, who commissioned the portrait, how long Leonardo da Vinci worked on it, how long he kept it, or how it even came to be in the French royal collection. Conversely, the Mona Lisa painting is effortlessly the most eminent, most studied, and the most extensively familiar painting in the world. Take a look below for more interesting facts about the Mona Lisa painting.

  1. The Mona Lisa was painted using oil paint on a poplar wood panel, using a method that left no evident brush marks.
  2. Her smile, which is illustrious for its fascinating nature, is a mysterious piece of the significant portrait.
  3. The dimensions of the painting are 53 by 77 centimetres, or 21 by 30 inches. This makes it just a little bit bigger than an A2 piece of paper.
  4. In Old English, the title of the painting, “Mona Lisa”, means “My Lady Lisa”.
  5. The painting is now over 500 years old.
  6. Recent face detection software has found that Mona Lisa is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry in the portrait.
  7. It’s presently located at the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, where it has a room of its own. It’s been on permanent display since 1797.
  8. Over 6 million people visit the painting at the Louvre each year. An average person spends 15 seconds looking at her.
  9. The painting became even more famous when it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911.
  10. While the painting was missing, 6 wealthy Americans were tricked into paying up to $300,000 each for fake Mona Lisa paintings.
  11. Pablo Picasso was once a suspect in the theft of the famous painting, and was even brought in for questioning.
  12. Many people consider that the painting was created in the image of Lisa Gherardini, but others believe that it’s essentially a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci himself.
  13. There are 3 previous layers beneath the Mona Lisa that represent her in different poses.
  14. During World War II, the Mona Lisa was moved 6 times so it can be kept out of the hands of the Nazis.
  15. When painting the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci had six musicians play for her and installed a musical fountain he invited himself. He did all this because he wanted to keep his subject relaxed and entertained.
  16. The French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, once had the Mona Lisa hanging in his bedroom, where it was said that he revelled in her beauty for many hours.
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