Da Vinci’s Remains To Be Retrieved To Solve Mona Lisa Mystery

January 28, 2010

Italy (ChattahBox) – Researchers have gotten preliminary permission to dig up the remains of Leonardo Da Vinci to finally solve the rumor about the Mona Lisa being a self portrait.

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.



One Response to “Da Vinci’s Remains To Be Retrieved To Solve Mona Lisa Mystery”

  1. Donna DiPietro on January 29th, 2010 1:33 pm

    Leave the poor guy alone. How would you like your remains to be dug up after hundreds of years just to try to prove that a painting is in your image. It’s nice to have unsolved mysteries in life and if permission is given to dig him up and it could be proven that the Mona Lisa was a self-portrait – is that really that important? The great artist has no control over this decision of whether to dig up his body or not and I think he would prefer to have his remains stay where they are. He has given the world such a magnificant gift of art that has enriched all future generations that we should respect his privacy of eternal rest. To dig up his remains just to satisfy someone’s suspicions that the Mona Lisa is Leonardo DaVinci in drag is frivolous and the technology should be put to better use. If tests are done on his body, how would that prove 100% that the Mona Lisa is a self-portrait. It could be 99.9% so there would still be doubt.

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