Monday, October 22, 2012

Ancient graves excavated in hunt for Mona Lisa

Researchers have opened ancient graves in a dilapidated convent in Florence as they continue their hunt for the woman who inspired Leonardo da Vinci to paint the famous Mona Lisa.
The team of experts have been working in the Saint Orsola convent since April, believe the body of the woman who modelled for da Vinci back in the 16th century is buried there.
According to Italian art historians, the real Mona Lisa was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a rich Florentine silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo, who is thought to have commissioned the portrait - although there is no definitive proof of this.

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