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Mona Lisa model to be exhumed

Researchers are attempting to confirm that Lisa Gherardini was the model for the Mona Lisa by exhuming her body for analysis.

Using scientific techniques, Vinceti says he hopes to extract DNA from the skull of Gherardini – the wife of a rich silk merchant – and rebuild her face.

The group led by Vinceti has already reconstructed the faces of some artists on the basis of their skulls.

Last June, it said it had identified the bones of Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio and discovered a possible cause of his mysterious death.

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Story: BBC News

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