Why is the Mona Lisa called the Mona Lisa?

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As Vasari puts it: “Leonardo undertook to execute, for Francesco del Giocondo, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife.” ‘Monna’ Lisa is a contraction of Madonna or ‘Madam’, the form of address Lisa was entitled to now that she was a married woman in a prominent family. Lisa del Giocondo was then just 24 years old. 

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