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The Mona Lisa is an dark-paletted oil on wood painting by Leonardo da Vinci and was painted in the early 1500s. The painting is located in the Louvre in Paris, France. The Mona Lisa is surrounded by security officers who do not allow visitors to get within touching distance of the painting. The painting itself is relatively small, measuring 30 x 21 inches. It is a portrait of a young woman who is believed to be Lisa Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy Florentine man. In the background there is a river snaking through a lightly wooded area. The eyes are an optical illusion, leading viewers to believe the eyes follow their movements. The principles and elements of art that are used in the Mona Lisa are proportion, emphasis, and value. Proportion is used in the varying degrees of scale between the foreground of the painting and the background. The effect of emphasis in the piece is seen particularly in the eyes and mouth. The background of the painting has higher value than the foreground, giving the
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