Remains of Mona Lisa model found in Florence

Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Admin

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Scientists believe they have found the remains of Lisa Gherardini, believed to have been the model for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The skeleton was unearthed beneath the medieval Convent of Saint Ursula in Florence. Knowing she became a nun after her husband died and lived in the convent until her death in 1542, a team of archaeologists began excavation works at the abandoned convent last year.

A female skull along with other fragments of human bones will undergo DNA analysis and compared with the DNA data in the bones of the Lisa Gherardini’s children to establish the truth. If the scientists confirm the DNA belongs to Lisa Gherardini, then specialists will try to reconstruct her face and try to solve the mystery of her smile.

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Story: RT.com | Photo: Claudio Giovannini, AFP

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