'The Mona Lisa is widely recognized as one of the greatest paintings in the history of art. In 2003, the 500th anniversary of the painting, it will become the only work in the Louvre to occupy its own room. But the picture has also become an object of popular culture and consumption. Its image is used to sell everything from chocolate to champagne to automobiles, and appears on ashtrays, mouse pads, and T-shirts.
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