Archeologists are uncovering the remains of what they believe is the model behind Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. Source: AdelaideNow
IT’S the face that launched a thousand imitations. Now, archaeologists are convinced they’ve found the body of the real Mona Lisa.
Buried in a crypt beneath a convent in Florence, Italy, archaeologists believe they have uncovered the skeleton belonging to the model who posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece in 1504.
The wife of a rich silk merchant, Lisa Gheradini, is generally accepted by historians to be the woman with the mysterious smile. Lisa Gheradini, whose married name was Giocondo, became a nun after her husband’s death. She was buried in the grounds of the Convent of Saint Ursula where she died in 1542, aged 63.
The burial site of Lisa Gherardini, wife of the wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo, the model who inspired Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Mona Lisa”.
Archaeologists had to dig through thick concrete laid as part of an effort to turn the convent into barracks for soldiers.
But they quickly unearthed a female-sized human skull, along with fragments of vertebrae and ribs.
It was right where ancient maps and documents had led them to believe Lisa’s body had been placed: a crypt reached via a gate and staircase.
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