Florentine noblewoman, Lisa Gherardini, also known as Lisa del Giocondo,  is widely believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s painting.Lisa del Giocondo is thought to have posed for the painting between 1503 and 1506.Not much is known about her life. Born in Florence and married in her teens to a cloth and silk merchant who later became a local official, she was mother to five children.It is believed Francesco del Giocondo commissioned the portrait to celebrate either his wife’s pregnancy orthe purchase of a house around 1502 and 1503.After his death, Gherardini became a nun. She died in 1542 at the age of 63 and was said to be buried near the Sant’Orsola convent’s altar.In 2014 scientists conducted a DNA test on bones found at the convent which they believe belonged to Lisa del Giocondo but the results are still to be released.


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