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THE MONA LISA - Painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mona Lisa (1479 - d. before 1550) also known as La Gioconda
Painted between 1503-1506
Mona Lisa married Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanoli del Giocondo in 1495. The title "La Gioconda" would thus derive from this notable Florentine's surname. But in Italian "gioconda" also means a light-hearted woman.
The smile that gives her life is, however, a feature of many of Leonardo's figures.