Have researchers found the real Mona Lisa?

The Mona Lisa – one of the world’s most enigmatic paintings by Leonardo da Vinci that has spurred conspiracies and theories for hundreds of years. But who was she? Well scientists are possibly close to finding out.

Many believe the woman with the mysterious smile to be Lisa Gherardini, a Florentine nobleman who lived during the time the painting was done, and it also believed that to have posed for a da Vinci painting between 1503 and 1506.


Her husband Francesco Del Giocondo commissioned a portrait of her to be done in celebration of an event (likely her pregnancy). After he died, Gherardini became a nun, and when she died in 1542 at the age of 63, her body was buried near her convent.

Now this convent situated in Florence has become the site of an archaeological excavation where scientists have found the remains of a Florentine woman. It is believed it is her, but of course this is all conjecture till analysis and DNA cross-examining is done. Her DNA will be compared to that of some of Gherardini’s known descendants, which will provide a fixed result.

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It will be a fascinating find if the real Mona Lisa is discovered, but all the bones and analysis won’t answer the thousands of questions people still have about the painting itself. Da Vinci kept the painting in his possession until his death, which has sparked interest, but also other features of it has made people gaga about the portrait. Some believe the Mona Lisa was actually a man, and was da Vinci’s lover, whilst others think she had some gross disease which is why she has that tight-lipped cryptic smile.

Either way, the Mona Lisa is a painting that people flock from all over the world to see. Further analysis is yet to be done, and if it really, truly, undeniably is her skeleton, scientists should be able to digitally remaster her face, providing us with a 21st century look at the real Mona Lisa.

Source: The Daily Mail UK

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