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The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, Salle des Etats, Denon Wing, Musée du Louvre, Paris | by David McKelvey
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The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, Salle des Etats, Denon Wing, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Designed by Lefuel, the Salle des Etats was built to accommodate the major legislative sessions presided over by Napoleon III from 1859. In 1878, the hall became part of the museum. The original decorations have disappeared, but the recent refurbishment by Lorenzo Piqueras has provided a new setting for the Mona Lisa and Venetian Renaissance paintings. www.louvre.fr

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The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris since 1797. en.wikipedia.org

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Taken on April 5, 2013