The postcard is that of the painting Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda), a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.
The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a woman whose expression is often described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the sitter's expression, the monumentality of the half-figure composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the painting's continuing fascination.
Mona Lisa is named for Lisa del Giocondo, a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. The painting was commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea.
Mona Lisa (Italian: La Gioconda, French:La Joconde)
Oil on poplar
77 × 53 cm, 30 × 21 in
The work is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo.
Mona Lisa Wikipedia Entry