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Geologist Antonio Moretti told reporters the remains in the Santissima Annunziata basilica had an inscribed stone indicating they belonged to the family of Lisa Gherardini's husband and sons. Many believe she posed for Leonardo.
Researchers will run tests to see if DNA from the bones can be linked to female bones previously found in Florence's Sant Orsola convent and believed to be those of Gherardini.
If the tests are positive, experts will reconstruct the woman's skull and compare it to the portrait.
Silvano Vinceti, head of Italy's cultural heritage committee, said the mystery of Mona Lisa's identity is about to be revealed.
"Thanks to this reconstruction we will be able to find the answer to a question that has been intriguing historians all over the world," he said.
Going by that logic, we should leave every bone in the ground alone, huh? No one really needs to see what yada-yada hominid ancestor looked like, or what someone from dead culture XYZ looked like, right? Right?
Good lord man, have you never looked at a painting's subject, recent or ancient, and wondered what their life story was?
Originally posted by Nyiah
reply to post by gortex
Going by that logic, we should leave every bone in the ground alone, huh? No one really needs to see what yada-yada hominid ancestor looked like, or what someone from dead culture XYZ looked like, right? Right? Or is there some kind of minimum time limit we should observe, and not disturb it until it turns blah-blah years old?
The whole point of archaeology and anthropology is to reconnect with the past, our past. To learn about it & the people that lived then. A culture group can tell us a lot, but sometimes we can connect even deeper with individuals if we know enough about them. I've never seen the Mona Lisa in person, and probably never will, but if they can conclusively link this woman's remains to the painting, then it would heighten my interest in that it's a definitive background I'd be interested in learning regarding her & her family in that time. Until then, I can wait until they're sure one way or the other, because I'd rather not attach the wrong woman to it if this one isn't her.
Good lord man, have you never looked at a painting's subject, recent or ancient, and wondered what their life story was?edit on 8/10/2013 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Lady_Tuatha