(Portrait of Lisa Gherandini,
wife of Francesco del Giocondo)
by Leonardo da Vinci
On this date in 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Two years later, the Renaissance-era painting was recovered in Florence, Italy, when Vincenzo Perugia attempted to sell it for $100,000.
The Mona Lisa (known as La Gioconda in Italian), is perhaps the most famous portrait of all time. Painted in oil on a wooden panel, the work depicts an Italian noblewoman with just a hint of a smile.
Today, our Meme Express prompt is simple: Just Smile!
What makes you smile?
In your post, feel free to use the image and question . . . or not.
Post your poem, story, song, photo or other entry on your blog. (Be sure to include a link to the Meme Express. Grab our train graphic from the sidebar for your link, if you want.)
Then come back here, and post a comment with a link to your own entry. (Need help making an active link? See Super-Simple Linking. Feel free to bookmark it for future reference!)
Of course, if this prompt seems to stump you, you are free to peruse the archives of the Meme Express and publish a blog post on an earlier prompt.