Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci, 1452–Amboise, 1519)

Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo 

known as the Mona Lisa (Monna means “lady” in ancient Italian) or La Joconde in French 

c. 1503–1519

Oil on wood (poplar)

H. 0.79 m; W. 0.53 m.

Acquired by François I in 1518

INV. 779



Department of Paintings

Denon wing, 1st floor

Mona Lisa room, Room 6




Vincent Delieuvin

Renaissance specialist Vincent Delieuvin is the curator in charge of 16th-century Italian art in the Department of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre. He organized the exhibition “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” in 2009, followed by “Late Raphael” in 2012. He has focused particularly on Leonardo da Vinci, with several articles and the exhibition “Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece,” organized to celebrate the restoration of the painting.


On the Louvre website

Visitor trails


Museum stores (page devoted to the Mona Lisa)

An original souvenir of your visit to one of the world’s most beautiful museums, featuring a detail from Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa.



Multimedia Division – Mediation and Cultural Programming Department, Musée du Louvre

Advice, texts, and scientific validation: Vincent Delieuvin, curator in charge of 16th-century Italian painting in the Department of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre.

Project supervision: Stéphanie Orlic

Project design, rewriting, and management: Stanislas Weyd

Graphic design, production: Opixido

Documentary and picture research: Chrystel Martin, Virginie Fabre, and Gabrielle Baratella

English translation: Sally Laruelle

Japanese translation: Daisuke Shimoyama and Yoko Mishima

Translation coordination: Benjamin Rouxel

Japanese version quality control: Lina Nakazawa-Piras

French voice: Vincent Delieuvin

English voice: Mark Jane

Japanese voice: Yoshio Omiya

For the photo credits, please see the “Resources” section.


© Musée du Louvre, October 2014

This project was supported by eni.


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