Da Vinci’s Remains To Be Retrieved To Solve Mona Lisa Mystery
January 28, 2010
The mystery of the woman who inspired Da Vinci’s most celebrated work has caused debate for years.
One of the many rumors has always been that the artist painted the Mona Lisa in his own image, as a self portrait of himself in drag. His small smile was supposed to be his joke.
Whether or not this is true is hard to say, but researchers with Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage hope to find out.
“If we manage to find his skull, we could rebuild Leonardo’s face and compare it with the Mona Lisa,” anthropologist Giorgio Gruppioni said.
They have been given their preliminary permission for the task, and if they are given official permission will be digging by the beginning of the summer.
However, there is another obstacle in the way.
The church where the artist’s remains were laid was destroyed during the French Revolution.
It is only assumed that his body is now reburied at Amboise Castle, and it will take DNA and carbon dating to know if the body they may find is his.