The Mona Lisa (Lisa del Giocondo) was created starting in 1504 and finished in 1519 by Italian artist Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, Italy. The subject for his masterpiece is still a mystery, but there have been many wild guesses, including a self portrait. It's first owner was King Francois of France, who had invited Leonardo to come live with him. He bought the work for 4,000 ecus. In 1911 the painting was stolen. The suspects included French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and the famous artist Pablo Picasso. Both were released after questioning. The real thief was Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia. The Mona Lisa painting now hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris behind a bullet proof case.