France-003324 - Mona Lisa
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This was one of the hardest painting I have photographed. It took a while to get close to it, the light and glares on the bulletproof gas were terrible. For works of art the Louvre is great - for photography not so good.
The famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. It has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, and the most praised work of art in the world."
It is believed to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo.
It is a oil on panel, 1503–19, probably completed while the artist was at the court of Francis I.
Adjusted for inflation using the US Consumer Price Index, valued at $100 million in 1962, $760 million in 2012, it is now worth a Billion dollars, making it by far the most valued painting in the world.