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Mona Lisa's skeleton found ?


Posted on Friday, 20 July, 2012 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: BrianPotter


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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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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by Spectre1979 on 21 July, 2012, 6:47
Interesting
Comment icon #22 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 21 July, 2012, 6:49
Totally different feild of science. Archaeologists and aanthropologists couldn't help cure cancer even if they wanted to.
Comment icon #23 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 22 July, 2012, 6:15
My dog found a bone in the park maybe its Jimmy Hoffa
Comment icon #24 Posted by The Mule on 22 July, 2012, 12:27
its not like she was hot and people want to jump her bones
Comment icon #25 Posted by coolguy on 23 July, 2012, 23:10
cool i wonder if it is really lisa
Comment icon #26 Posted by hammerclaw on 24 July, 2012, 2:59
Well, I suppose a Nunnery is as good a place as any for a "Leap of Faith".
Comment icon #27 Posted by HollyDolly on 24 July, 2012, 13:03
[u]Well, they plan to do DNA tests to see if it is Lisa's bones as apparently she had children. It was quite common in the old days for widows to sometimes enter a convent,especially if they had a daughter or other relative in one.,or they gave donations to the csisters. I guess with all the interest in Da Vinci, they decided to go after the Mona Lisa.[/u]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Eihpospiritamer on 31 July, 2012, 12:15
It reminds me of when people see a mark on a window and are like "OMG, IT'S THE VIRGIN MARY!!"
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lady Kasey on 31 July, 2012, 19:06


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