You walk into the Louvre and feel someone staring. You look around, but no one is there. But then you realize something. It’s not someone looking at you. It’s something—specifically, a painting. You look up and see a woman. A gentle smile, a refined pose, and – for some reason – eyes that seem to follow you wherever you walk.
No, this isn’t a haunted painting. It’s one of the most famous paintings in the world: the Mona Lisa! The painting was created by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503 and has become a masterpiece that defined the Italian Renaissance.
But how much do you know about the history of the Mona Lisa? From duplicates and forgeries to hidden images and even an art heist, this painting has seen quite a bit in the past 500 (or so) years. What secrets lie behind that famous smile? And why in the world do its eyes keep following me? Read on and find out!
Things you may not have known about Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa: