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the same approach i.e. get to the 'Java' program on your computer & fix the
The painting is surprisingly small, roughly 21" by 30" (77 x 53 cm.). And located as it is, in a vast gallery (image below), the painting looks even tinier. It is now in an alcove & while clearly visible is protected behind glass. Did you know it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911? In the future it will have its own gallery, I understand. And it may very well do so now, in July 2009, as this page must get moved to a new location or else just vanish. It was painted over the long period of 1503-1506, in oil on a thin backing of poplar wood. In France it is known as La Gioconda, after the presumed name of the lady's husband, Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanoli del Giocondo. This particular image is not the one on the Louvre's own website, but is rather from Carol Gerten-Jackson's wonderful "CGFA" art site.
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