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Mona Lisa is the most famous painting of the Musée du Louvre.

She attracts more than 8 million visitors per year!

She represents Lisa del Giocondo, a 16th century noblewoman from Florence.

The portrait was commissioned by her husband, a rich silk merchant and politician.

She's particularly famous for her enigmatic smile and her stare - which seem to follow the viewer around the room.

But did you notice that she doesn’t have any eyebrows?

They were removed in the 16th century, when it was fashionable to shave them off!

Da Vinci took the painting with him when he moved to King Francis' I court in France, and kept it for himself until his death.

It was then bought by the king and was part of many famous private collections.

Both Louis XIV and Napoleon's wife, Josephine, had it in their apartments.

Fun fact : in 1919 Marcel Duchamp thought the painting had an erotic side to it.

He cheekily added a moustache and the letters "L.H.O.O.Q" to his version - which in French reads : "Her Ass Is On Fire"!

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)


The Wedding Feast at Cana

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