What Is the World's Most Famous Painting?


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The world's most famous and recognizable painting is the Mona Lisa. One of Leonardo Da Vinci's most prized paintings, the Mona Lisa took about 15 years to paint, starting in the early 1500s and finishing right before Da Vinci died in 1519.

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The Mona Lisa hangs in the world's most famous art museum, the Louvre, in Paris, France. Painted in Florence, Italy, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in the 1900s by an employee who returned it to Italy. This painting is one of the most discussed paintings in art history because of the depiction of the woman in the painting. The woman who has no eyebrows or eyelashes, but wears an indescribable expression on her face, is thought to be Lisa Gheradini of Florence. Other famous paintings include Micheal Angelo's "The Creation of Adam", Van Gogh's "Starry Night", and Grant Wood's "American Gothic".

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