Lisa del Giocondo
Lisa del Giocondo was born in Florence and married in her teens. She was a mother to five children and led an ordinary middle-class life. Her name was given to the Mona Lisa, her portrait commissioned by her husband and painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.
About Lisa del Giocondo in brief
Lisa del Giocondo was born in Florence and married in her teens. She was a mother to five children and led an ordinary middle-class life. Her name was given to the Mona Lisa, her portrait commissioned by her husband and painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. Little is known about Lisa’s life. She outlived her husband, who was considerably her senior. Lisa’s Florentine family was old and aristocratic but over time had lost their influence. They were well off but not wealthy, and lived on farm income in a city that was among the largest in Europe. She is named for Lisa, a wife of her paternal grandfather. Lisa had three sisters, one of whom was named Ginevra, and three brothers, Giovangualberto, Francesco, and Noldo. Lisa and Francesco had five children: Piero Piero, Camilla, Andrea, Marietta, and Lisa Bartolomeo. Leonardo is thought to have begun painting Lisa’s portrait the same year he began painting the MonA Lisa.
Lisa died in 1542 and was buried in Florence. Her husband died in 1495. Lisa is thought by some to have been the model for the Mono Lisa. She had a modest dowry of 170 florins and the San Silvestro farm near her family’s country home, which lies between Castellina and San Donato in Poggio, near two farms later owned by Michelangelo. The family lived in Florence, originally near Santa Trinita and later in rented space near Santo Spirito, most likely because they were not able to afford repairs when their first house was damaged. They lived in shared accommodation until March 5, 1503, when Francesco was able to buy a house next door to his family’s old home in the Via della Stufa. They also owned a small country home in St. Donato about 32 kilometres south of the city. For many years it was thought she was born on Villa Vignamaggio just outside Greve, but in 2005, Lisa was definitively identified as the model.