The Mona Lisa was created by the Italian Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci. It has been described as "the best known," "the most written about," "the most sung about," "the most parodied," and one of the most treasured paintings in the art world.
The painting is said to be the likeness of Lisa Gherardini, who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The Mona Lisa bears a resemblance to many renaissance depictors of the Virgin Mary, who was at that time seen as the ideal picture of womanhood. It was painted between 1503 and 1506.