Trivia Crack Answer: Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci
About Leonardo da Vinci painted ‘Mona Lisa’
The Mona Lisa, a portrait of a woman by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, is perhaps the most famous, most widely acclaimed portrait ever to be painted. It has been said that Mona Lisa is ‘the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.’ The Mona Lisa, said to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, is thought to be the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. King Francis I of France acquired the Mona Lisa and later became the property of the French Republic. It first went on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1797, and largely remained there until its disappearance in August 21, 1911. Painter Louis Beroud found only four pegs where the Mona Lisa should have been. Upon investigated possible locations of the painting, it was declared missing and the Louvre was closed for a week for investigation purposes. Initial suspects for the theft included French poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire as well as painter Pablo Picasso, though each were soon after dismissed. Two years later, Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia was discovered to have been the culprit when he was caught trying to sell it to the directors of the Uffizi Gallery of Florence. Peruggia was an Italian patriot who believed Leonardo’s painting belonged to the Italians, and had stolen it during regular museum hours by hiding in a closet and with a coat draped over the painting walking right out the front doors. Before it was finally returned to the Louvre, it was exhibited all around Italy.