History of Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (La Joconde in French) is the most famous painting of the Louvre.

Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 in Vinci near Florence in Italy. He was a genius in many fields including painting, music and engineering.

In 1503, King Francois I, fighting a war in Italy, was so impressed by Leonardo da Vinci that he invited him to France. Leonardo da Vinci painted Mona Lisa during his stay in France (1503 - 1506).

Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 in Clos Luce, Amboise. Visit Clos Luce on a Loire castle tour from Paris.

Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum
Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum 
Mona Lisa, the painting

The subtle smile of Mona Lisa is famous. Leonardo da Vinci used his finger to erase outlines, creating an impression of fuzziness.

Mona Lisa is the most famous masterpiece of the Louvre Museum, which has many many more pieces of art of all kinds to amaze you.

Mona Lisa is in the italian painting department. See Mona Lisa location on Printable Louvre Museum plan.

Introduction to Mona Lisa 
See Mona Lisa in Louvre Museum

Musee du Louvre
75058 Paris Cedex 01

Paris metro: station Palais Royal on line 1

The Louvre Museum is open 9am to 6pm all days except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st, November 11th and December 25th. The Louvre Museum is open until 9.45pm Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mona Lisa is so famous there is always a crowd around it. If you want to see it well, we suggest you come at opening time and walk directly to it.

Leonardo da Vinci's Self portait
Leonardo da Vinci's Self portait 
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