For composition he was put, shortly after his entrance, with Ponchielli, the composer of la gioconda.
Of them all Ponchielli owed him most; his best opera is la gioconda.
The opportunity for theatric climax is rare in la gioconda; but when it does come the effect is strong.
We regret that we cannot give his reply; only the incomparable genius of the painter of la gioconda could do that.
The painter hesitated, but to his annoyance a courtier removed the veil, and la gioconda was revealed.
The artist had certain favourite stories for la gioconda; tales of travel, of natural phenomena, of plans for pictures.
The painter felt again that to speak of la gioconda to this indifferent affable young monarch was impossible.
As he did so she bent quickly, and he felt that la gioconda touched his hair with her lips.
Gabriele d'Annunzio's la gioconda is a four-act tragedy of power, beauty, and horror.
Leonardo had barely time to cover the portrait of la gioconda; this he always did if he expected strangers.
from 1923, in reference to an enigmatic smile or expression like that in Leonardo DaVinci's painting. First attested in D.H. Lawrence.
A painting by Leonardo da Vinci of a woman with a mysterious smile. It is one of the most readily recognized paintings in the world.