Mona Lisa Remains may have been found

by J-Mirabelli

Over 6 million people visit the Louvre every year and the 'Mona Lisa' is viewed by nearly all of them.

In an effort to end centuries of speculation in the art world, Italian scientists started digging for the remains of Lisa Gherardini, a 16th-century woman believed to be the model for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

On May 11, 2011, Professor Silvano Vinceti and a team of experts with a special geo-radar device descended to the halls of a medieval convent in the heart of Florence where they believe the body of Gherardini was buried. Nine days later they found skull and vertebra fragments that could belong to Lisa Gherardini, who died in 1542. They were found in a container under the floor of the abandoned convent.

DNA from the remains are being tested and compared with the DNA of Gherardini’s descendants. If the identity of Gerardini’s remains is proved, scientists will try to create a facial reconstruction – a likeness of what the woman would have looked like to compare her to the painting.

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