Lisa del Giocondo

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Lisa del Giocondo
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Lisa Gherardini

(1479-06-15)June 15, 1479
Via Maggio, Republic of Florence
DiedJuly 15, 1542(1542-07-15) (aged 63)
Convent of Saint Orsola, Duchy of Florence
Known forSubject of Mona Lisa
Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanobi del Giocondo (m. 1495)

Lisa del Giocondo (June 15, 1479 - July 15, 1542), was an Italian noblewoman and a member of the Gherardini family from Florence. She was the model for the Mona Lisa portrait. The portrait was commissioned by her husband and painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.

Biography[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Lisa was born on June 15, 1479, in Via Maggio. At the age of fifteen she married Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanobi del Giocondo, a cloth and silk merchant in 1495. As a dowry she brought 170 florins and the farm San Silvestro. She had five children: Piero, Piera, Camilla, Marietta, and Andrea.[1] In 1521 their daughter Marietta became a Catholic nuns in the renowned monastery of Sant'Orsola.

Death[change | change source]

When her husband died of the plague in 1538, Lisa also went to live in that monastery. She lived there for several years and was buried there.[2]

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