Mona Lisa

Why is the Mona Lisa so Famous?

Mona Lisa is considered to be one of the best paintings in the world, and it is quite famous. There are many paintings which are equally stunning but have you ever wondered why this particular piece of art is considered very important and is known all over the world. Not only is the painting renowned but also it is one of the most written, talked about and visited painting in the world.

The Painting of Mona Lisa was completed in the year 1519. It is a half-length portrait painting and was painted by Leonardo da Vinci, and it has its place in the Guinness World Records for the highest insurance valuation. The art depicts a perfect example of sfumato, which is a technique which gives Mona Lisa an enigmatic smile. It is currently a property of the French Republic, and it is displayed for the public in the Musse de Louvre.

Mona Lisa

The following are some of the reasons why the Mona Lisa so famous:

The smile of Mona Lisa:

Mona Lisa has a mysterious smile, and many people are thrilled to see it. If you take a closer look, you will be able to notice that she is not completely smiling but is more of a woman’s coy smile. The smile of Mona Lisa in the painting is an inspiration to many, and at the same time, it is a cause of desperation to know the real reason behind the smile.

Hidden codes:

Leonardo da Vinci is a famous artist, and he is known for many other renowned works. Most of his works are left to the viewers for interpretation. The Mona Lisa painting has secret codes in the eyes. The letters are very minute and only with a magnifying glass will you be able to see the code. You will be able to spot letters like ‘L’ and ‘V’ in the right eye, and many presume that it must symbolize the name of the painter. There are some codes in the left eye too, but since the painting has become very old, the letters are not visible clearly.

Speculations of Mona Lisa:

There are many conjectures without firm evidence about Mona Lisa. Not much is known about the woman in the painting except that she is the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The mysterious smile makes people come up with their interpretations and conclusions. Some believe that Mona Lisa was pregnant and that is why she had that smile, and some think that she was probably the mother of Leonardo da Vinci. There are also theories that she must have been his lover and that is why she has that enigmatic smile on her face. Some even say that this is a disguised self-portrait.


The painting has many interpretations and secrets which attract people to keep on exploring the portrait. But on the whole, the picture is a brilliant piece of art with atmospheric illusions and various other styles, and it deserves to be a renowned portrait.