The original "Mona Lisa" is located in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Though Leonardo da Vinci began the famous portrait in Florence, Italy, he probably continued working on it until his death in Amboise, France, at the court of François I. The king bought the painting after Leonardo's death, and it has remained the property of the French government ever since.
The painting was stolen at one point, however. In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre Museum, went into the building, took the "Mona Lisa" from its display and hid it in a broom closet until the museum closed. Lost for two years, the painting resurfaced when Peruggia tried to sell it to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. An Italian patriot, he desired that the painting have a home in its native country.