Mona Lisa’s husband never saw it
Assuming that the woman on the painting is indeed Madame Gherardini (it hasn’t been proven to this day), we can suppose that her husband, a wealthy man named Francesco del Giocondo, was the one who commissioned the portrait from his neighbour Leonardo da Vinci. However, if that is indeed the truth, how come Francesco never collected the painting? Was it because he saw the features of Leonardo himself in the woman, as some historians claim today? Or did he simply not like it? Either way, the painting was instead acquired by King Francois I for a sum equaling to $10 million after da Vinci finished it at His Majesty’s castle.