Oil painting on a poplar wood panel by the Italian painter, Leonardo da Vinci, probably the world's most-famous painting. Valued in excess of $1 billion, the Mona Lisa painting perhaps is the greatest treasure of Renaissance art, and one of many masterpieces of High Renaissance painting housed in the Louvre.
Art is a great status symbol in modern society. Because of that, it can be quite intimidating to the casual viewer. Art can be a great source of pleasure in our lives as well, and even a passing acquaintance with art can enrich our understanding of the world around us.