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The Mona Lisa
Transcript of The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa was made by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503This painting was made from oil on woodthe dimensions were 77cm by 53cm Historians agree that Leonardo started the painting of Mona Lisa in 1503, working on it for approximately four years and keeping it to himself for some years after. Supposedly this was because Mona Lisa was Leonardo's favorite painting and he was scared to part with it, however it may also have been because the painting was unfinished. Whatever the reason, much later it was sold to the King of France for four thousand gold crowns. The world has talked about it ever since. 1452 Leonardo is born in Vinci, a small village in Italy.
1483 Leonardo paints the Louvre version of Virgin of the Rocks.
1485 Leonardo paints Lady with an Ermine.
1495 Leonardo begins work on The Last Supper, which is finished two years later.
1500 Leonardo begins painting the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, which is finished ten years later.
1503 Leonardo begins painting the Mona Lisa, which he will work on for four years
1507 Leonardo is appointed painter and engineer at the court of Louis XII in France.
1506 Leonardo paints the London National Gallery version of Virgin of the Rocks.
1514 Leonardo paints Leonardo da Vinci, portrait of himself as an old man.
1515 Leonardo paints St. John the Baptist.
1519 Leonardo dies at the age of sixty-seven
1530 Francois I displays the Mona Lisa in a semi-public art gallery at Fontainebleau, his favorite chateau.
1550 Giorgio Vasari publishes the earliest known biography of Leonardo da Vinci, Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, thirty-one years after Leonardo's death.
1804 The Mona Lisa is installed in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre.1910The Mona Lisa disappears from the Louvre.
1911 The theft of Mona Lisa is discovered. The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous painting Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911. Although it was originally believed that this was the act of one thief, a Louvre employee named Vincenzo Perugia, other culprits have also been blamed throughout the years. Above all, some believe that the Mona Lisa that was recovered (and is once again hanging in the Louvre) is a highly-sophisticated forgery.
In 1911, the Louvre was more concerned with vandals than thieves only because the Mona Lisa had been previously attacked with razors and acid. In fact, that's why they'd hired Vincenzo Perugia, an immigrant Italian cabinet craftsman, to build a glass box to protect the painting.