Full name: Elisabetta Gherardini (probably)
Nickname: Mona Lisa
Personal: Wife of Francesco del Giocondo
Painted: Around 1503 in Florence, Italy
By: Leonardo da Vinci
Can be seen at: Musée du Louvre, Paris
What makes the Mona Lisa one of the most famous paintings in the world? Is it the especially life-like facial expression that Leonardo da Vinci gave Lisa, or his use of (sfumato) technique? Or is it the mysterious Mona Lisa smile his model wears? Certainly the painting is a popular object for research, and a source of inspiration for many. For example, it plays a part in the recent world-famous Da Vinci Code.