Italians want 'Mona Lisa' back

FLORENCE, Italy, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- More than 150,000 people have signed a petition to have Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" returned to Italy from the Louvre museum in Paris.

Michael Jackson photoshopped on fresco

BORJA, Spain, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Images of Michael Jackson and other pop icons have been photoshopped over that of Jesus in a Spanish fresco defaced by a woman who says she tried to restore it.

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Bob Hoskins retires from acting

LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's Bob Hoskins announced Wednesday he is suffering from Parkinson's disease and is retiring from acting at the age of 69.
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'Balloon boy' balloon turned into cards

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- New York collectables company Topps said pieces of the flying saucer from the 2009 "balloon boy" hoax have been turned into trading cards.
Game unit to guide Louvre visitors

Game unit to guide Louvre visitors

PARIS, April 18 (UPI) -- Visitors to France's Louvre museum will soon be able to navigate the structure's labyrinthine halls using a Nintendo portable game console, officials said.

Lost da Vinci painting may have been found

SAN DIEGO, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they may be closing in on a solution to a centuries-old puzzle in the world of art: the fate of a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.
Prado to display early copy of 'Mona Lisa'

Prado to display early copy of 'Mona Lisa'

MADRID, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The earliest known copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" will be unveiled to the public at Spain's Prado Museum this month, a curator said Wednesday.
Italy wants loan of Mona Lisa

Italy wants loan of Mona Lisa

FLORENCE, Italy, June 24 (UPI) -- An Italian group says it will launch a petition drive to have Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa sent to Florence in 2013.

Search for 'Mona Lisa' unearths tombs

FLORENCE, Italy, May 12 (UPI) -- A search for the remains of the woman believed to have sat for Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" unearthed two tombs under an Italian convent, officials said.
Historian searches for Mona Lisa's remains

Historian searches for Mona Lisa's remains

FLORENCE, Italy, April 28 (UPI) -- An Italian art historian is leading the search for the remains of the woman believed to have been Leonardo da Vinci's model for the Mona Lisa.

Expert: Da Vinci painted nude Mona Lisa

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- An Italian art expert says evidence suggests Leonardo da Vinci once painted a nude version of his famous Mona Lisa.

Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile huge in Wales

WREXHAM, Wales, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- That enigmatic Mona Lisa smile, mystifying millions for centuries, has been unveiled in a Wales shopping mall, looming larger than ever, its creators said.

Mona Lisa takes no lumps in tea tossing

PARIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Russian woman was held in Paris Tuesday after tossing tea at Leonardo da Vinci's painting, the Mona Lisa, officials said.
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Mona Lisa
Seal poses for pictures at the premiere of "Mona Lisa Smile" at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on December 10, 2003. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda or La Joconde, or Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo) is a portrait by the Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci. It is a painting in oil on a poplar panel, completed circa 1503-1519. It is on permanent display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a seated woman (probably Lisa del Giocondo) whose facial expression is frequently described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the subject's expression, the monumentality of the composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work. The image is so widely recognised, caricatured, and sought out by visitors to the Louvre that it is considered the most famous painting in the world.

Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 or 1504 in Florence, Italy. According to Da Vinci's contemporary, Giorgio Vasari, "...after he had lingered over it four years, left it unfinished...." It is known that such behavior is common in most paintings of Leonardo who, later in his life, regretted "never having completed a single work".

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