Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa sometime between 1503 and 1504 in Florence, Italy. It was reported that after he had lingered on it for four years, he left it unfinished.
In 1516, he was invited by King François I to work at Clos Lucé near the king’s castle in Amboise. He took the Mona Lisa project with him and continued to work after he moved to France. He was said to have probably continued the work until around 1516 and 1517. It took him some painstaking ten years to paint the Mona Lisa.
Ever since, the Mona Lisa portrait has been acclaimed as the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, and the most parodied work of art in the world.
Sometime before 1962, the painting was assessed for insurance at $100 million; and due to some corporate contingencies, the insurance was not bought then.
By 2015, the amount in 1962 had become rated as equivalent to $782 million, making it the most valued painting ever, from History till date.
The Mona Lisa painting has outlived five centuries as an unmatched legacy. It always reminds us we shouldn’t quit on even our weirdest dreams. Great dreams take great courage. Sometimes a great amount of time. But they shift the curve of History. They become the next wonders of the world.
Keep dreaming big!