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Two more skeletons found during search for Mona Lisa inspiration

Two more skeletons have been found by investigators searching for the body of Lisa Gherardini, believed to be the inspiration for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The two bodies were found under the basement of a former convent in Florence on Tuesday. The team believes Lisa Gherardini, said to be the model

Remains of Mona Lisa model found in Florence

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

Copy of the Mona Lisa by da Vinci student found in Madrid

The earliest known copy of the Mona Lisa has been found, painted by a student of Leonardo da Vinci. The Prado painting was long thought to be one of dozens surviving replicas of the masterpiece made after Leonardo's death but it is now believed to have been painted by one of

Mona Lisa’s skull unearthed

The skull believed to belong to Lisa Cherardini Del Giocondo, thought to be the model for the Mona Lisa, has been located under a convent in Italy. The idea is to reconstruct her face using her real skull and compare it to the painting to see if they match. The skull was

Mona Lisa’s tomb found

The final resting place of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, believed to be the model for the Mona Lisa, has been located in an an adandoned convent by ground penetrating radar. [Thx to Xenia for posting this on the A Blog About History Facebook page] The crypt was found under the floor

The search for Mona Lisa’s skull

A team of researchers is set to begin the search for skull fragments belonging to Lisa Gherardini, believed to be the model for the Mona Lisa, in order to perform a facial reconstruction to confirm if this is the case. The BBC's Duncan Kennedy in Rome says although she has one

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

Tiny letters found in the Mona Lisa’s eyes

Art historians have found a real life da Vinci code: tiny letters painted into the eyes of the enigmatic Mona Lisa. "To the naked eye the symbols are not visible but with a magnifying glass they can clearly be seen," said Silvano Vinceti, president of the Committee. In the right eye appear