Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mona Lisa's remains found?

Yes, I'm well aware of the theory that Leonardo Da Vinci posed in drag for the Mona Lisa. That question is far from settled, and most art historians think it was a lady named Lisa Del Giocondo, formerly Lisa Geradini (which is why she is also known as La Gioconda).

human skeleton is seen at the excavation of a grave inside the medieval Convent of Saint Ursula in Florence on July 17, 2012, during research for 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". (AFP Photo/Claudio Giovannini)
Archaeologists in Florence believe they have found her bones beneath an Ursuline convent in Florence. She retired to the convent after her husband's death, passing away in 1542. Are those the bones of the most-famous face in art? She rests with her arms across her chest. How long before the skull is reconstructed? We knew you when...

--- Luis

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