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How big is the Mona Lisa painting?

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Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting measures 30 by 20 inches. The painting possibly portrays Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine cloth merchant, and is on display in the Louvre in Paris.

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How big is the Mona Lisa painting?
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The "Mona Lisa" painting is significantly smaller than common poster copies. The work is famous for the subject's mysterious smile. It's one of the best-known examples of the sfumato painting technique in which artists create softly blended colors instead of shapes with distinct outlines and sharp edges. Da Vinci began the "Mona Lisa" in 1503, but historians are uncertain about when he completed it. The Louvre dates the painting as 1503 to 1519.

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