Mona Lisa Mystery May Find Answers in 16th Century Remains

Here's where forensics meets high art: Art historian Silvano Vinceti thinks he may prove the identity of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” by exhuming remains of an Italian noblewoman who died in 1542. A newly-found death certificate for the woman, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant, reveals she is buried in Florence, Italy. The BBC reports that Vincenti hopes to take DNA from the woman's skull to rebuild her face. “We can put an end to a centuries-old dispute and also understand Leonardo’s relations to his models,” Vinceti said. The identity of the mysterious Mona Lisa has long been debated among art historians and the public alike.

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