Leonardo Da Vinci’s model for the Mona Lisa may have been found by a research team in Italy who discovered three skeletons in the basement of a old, now unused convent in Florence last year, where Lisa Gherardini likely spent her final months.
Silvano Vinceti, of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage, said that another tomb in Florence contains relatives of Lisa Gherardini del Giacondo, probably her son Piero, and that, “Right now we are carrying out carbon-14 tests on three of the eight skeletons found in St. Ursula. The carbon-14 test will tell us which of the three dates back to the 1500s. Only then will we know which skeleton to do the final DNA test on.” After that, they plan to do a digital reconstruction of her face.
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Another version of Mona Lisa discovered:
- Mona Lisa’s Supposed Skeleton May Finally Solve Centuries-Old Mystery – Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
- Family tomb opened in Florence in a bid to identify Mona Lisa (telegraph.co.uk)
- Have we found the real Mona Lisa? – Stuff.co.nz (stuff.co.nz)
- Researchers dig for traces of Mona Lisa’s DNA in her family tomb (nydailynews.com)
- Archaeologists Track Down the Real Mona Lisa with DNA Evidence (scienceworldreport.com)
- ‘Mona Lisa’ skeleton due for DNA testing (alternativenewsalert.com)
- VIDEO: Tomb opened in hunt for ‘Mona Lisa’ (bbc.co.uk)
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