Mona Lisa mystery solved?

GemmaHart

GemmaHart

2015-09-25 10:52:50

A team of Italian archaeologists believe they may have solved the mystery behind the Mona Lisa-after discovering shards of bone which they think could have belonged to the Leonardo da Vinci's anonymous sitter. 

The team are dedicated to proving that the portrait is of Florentine Lisa Gherardini, wife of silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo, who they believe commissioned da Vinci to paint a portrait of his wife in around 1503.

The bones were discovered in a common tomb which contained the remains of four others. Although carbon dating proved that the remains of one were in fact dated from the same period in which Gherardini lived, the bones were so damaged no official DNA testing can take place.

Instead the team have combined various elements, from anthropological exams to historic documents, to conclude that the remains 'probably' belonged to Lisa Gherardini. 


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