A complete skeleton discovered beneath a nunnery in Italy could belong to the Mona Lisa herself.
The bones were unearthed below an altar within the derelict Convent of St. Orsola in Florence, archaeologists believe that the remains could belong to Lisa Gherardini, the woman who inspired Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work. Valeria D'Aquino and her colleagues had to dig down through over a foot of concrete to reach the crypt containing the bones. "That altar was certainly in use at Lisa Gherardini's time," she said.
The team hopes to use the remains to reconstruct Gherardini's face to see if it matches that of the famous painting that now hangs on the wall of the Louvre in Paris.
"Archaeologists say they have found a complete skeleton buried beneath the floor of an abandoned nunnery in Florence, Italy, which might belong to Lisa Gherardini, the woman believed to have inspired Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa."
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