Thursday, June 02, 2011

A number of archaeologists in Florence, Italy, has found a skull believed to be relics of an aristocrat who immortalized in the painting Mona Lisa, masterpiece painted by Leonardo Da Vinci 500 years ago.

Excavations carried out at the beginning of this month in what was formerly a convent Saint Orsola. The location was precisely in the tomb of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant, Francesco del Gioncondo, after his death in July 1542 at the age of 63 years.

"The tomb contains the bones of an adult female. Some parts of the skull and hip bones have been removed," said coordinator of the excavation, Giorgio Gruppioni.

"The skull and hip bones have been damaged by the weight of the soil," said Gruppioni, who is also a professor of archeology at the University of Bologna.

"Some parts of the skull and pelvic bone must first be removed before the archaeologists can determine the sex of the bones, "he said.

From the discovery of the skull, a group of scientists is expected to perform reset to the possibility of the woman's face. They will compare it with portraits of famous paintings and uncover the identity of the Mona Lisa is a mystery for several centuries.

That historians will compare the DNA with two children who were buried in the Church of Santissima Annunziata, Firenze, to prove his identity. This will be done even though some experts say that the last portrait of Da Vinci was an illustration of some other face.

Da Vinci's masterpieces hanging behind a bullet-proof glass in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Most historians agree that women with a smile full of mystery which is reflected in the painting is a Del Giocondo, who became a nun after her husband's death.


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