Probably the most discussed painting ever. Created by Leonardo Da Vinci between 1503-1506. This is portrait of Lisa Gherardini wife of rich Tuscan merchant Francesco del Giocondo. This is an oil painting on poplar panel. It's also called La Jocunde and La Gioconda. It is placed as a permanent exhibit in the Denon wing of the Louvre Museum. It is housed in a climate controlled bullet proof glass enclosure. It received it's present frame in 1909. It was stolen once from the Louvre by one of it's Italian employee: Vincenzo Peruggia who thought it fit to steal it and exhibit it in Italy, it was recovered after 2 years from his apartment when decided to sell it to a gallery in Florence. It has been moved around during the world war 2 for protection.
There is a huge crowd always to see the pride of Louvre. Getting this shot was difficult and I had to do a fair bit of edit to get to a presentable form here. Any one who has been there will know how the reflections on the bullet proof glass wreak havoc to any photographic attempt. Hope my friends like it.
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