Researchers are continuing their efforts to find the identity of the women in Da Vinci's famous painting.
Her smile is well known all over the world but her identity has remained something of a mystery. For years researchers have been attempting to find the answer through a combination of historical research, archaeological excavations and a plethora of scientific testing procedures. The latest candidate lies in a Florentine family tomb within a crypt at the Basilica della Santissima Annuziata.
"Right now we are carrying out carbon-14 tests on three of the eight skeletons found in St. Ursula, which could be the age Lisa Gherardini was when she died," said Silvano Vinceti, head of Italy's national committee for cultural heritage. "The carbon-14 test will tell us which of the three dates back to the 1500s. Only then will we know which skeleton to do the final DNA test on."
"Researchers say they're opening up a Florentine family tomb for the first time in centuries as part of their long-running effort to identify the bones of a woman who is thought to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa portrait."
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