19 Fascinating Facts About The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, has long inspired fascination across the globe. Her subtle smile and complex backdrop have had generations pondering the meaning of this artwork. 

Thankfully, we now know quite a lot about this painting. So here are 19 of the most interesting facts about the Mona Lisa, a painting that has puzzled many for over 500 years.

Mona Lisa Holds the Guinness World Record for The Highest Known Painting Insurance Valuation

In 1962, the painting was evaluated at US$100 million, which is equivalent to $870 million in 2021.

Mona Lisa Was a Real Person

The painting was of his wife, Lisa del Giocondo, also known as Lisa Gherardini – her family name.

The Paintings Original Italian Name Means ‘Happy’

Mona Lisa is known for her mysterious, subtle smile. So it is fitting that La Gioconda, her Italian name, means ‘jocund’ (‘happy’ or ‘jovial’). 

While the painting was long considered a masterpiece in the art world, it wasn’t until it was stolen that the rest of the world learned her name. 

Mona Lisa Was Made Famous Through Thievery

Mona Lisa Has Toured The World

In 1963, the Mona Lisa traveled the United States, drawing huge crowds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. 

The Mona Lisa is Considered a ‘Destination Painting’

This iconic piece is so famous that people will actually travel large distances to visit the painting.

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