posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 10:29 AM
A convent in Florence, Italy is said to very likely hold a workshop used by Leonardo da Vinci and his assistants. A secret room was also discovered,
thought to have been used in the dissection of human cadavers which da Vinci did to expand his knowledge of human anatomy. It's speculated that he
may have met his model for the Mona Lisa here, Lisa Gharardini, whose father had a chapel in the same area.
A forgotten workshop of Leonardo da Vinci, complete with 500-year-old frescos and a secret room to dissect human cadavers, has been discovered in
Florence, Italy, researchers said last week. The find was made in part of the Santissima Annunziata convent, which let out rooms to artists centuries
ago and where the likely muse of the Renaissance artist's masterwork, the Mona Lisa, may have worshipped.
''It's a bit absurd to think that, in 2005, we have found the studio of one of history's greatest artists. But that is what has happened," said
Roberto Manescalchi, one of three researchers credited for this month's discovery. ''The proof is on the walls." Frescos adorning part of the
workshop were left undisturbed over the centuries and gradually forgotten. Manescalchi speculated that da Vinci had assistants in his workshop and
probably used a ''secret" corner room for his dissections of human corpses, aimed at improving his understanding of anatomy.
The find has sparked speculation that, while da Vinci was using the workshop, he might have met the probable model for the Mona Lisa, Lisa Gherardini,
wife of a Florentine merchant whose family had a chapel in the Santissima Annunziata.
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This is certainly a great discovery for the art world, but I'm surprised that it took over 500 years to actually find the workshop. It will be very
interesting however to see what it holds and if it has much artistic importance.
[edit on 1-2-2005 by zhangmaster]