Italian archaeologists discover what could be a femur of the 'Mona Lisa'

Italian archaeologists discover what could be a femur of the 'Mona Lisa'

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A team of archaeologists who have been trying to solve the mystery surrounding the identity of the mysterious Mona Lisa, the model painted by the great Leonardo Da Vinci, they made an impressive announcement, they have found pieces of a femur that could be from the well-known woman.

Archaeologists have been working for quite a few years in a convent, where they hoped to find the mona lisa skull, but at the moment they have had to settle for a piece of femur and they are not sure if it is really the model's. In addition, to make it more difficult these femur pieces are so damaged that it will be quite difficult to extract DNA.

Still, the team of archaeologists still believe that the Florentine noblewoman named Lisa Gherardini was actually the model who posed before Da Vinci, which is why they have focused their searches on the cemetery of the convent where this woman lived during the last years of her departure, always with the hope of being able to find her skull and thus be able to reconstruct the physiognomy of one of the most famous models history and thus be able to confirm their identity.

Silvano Vinceti, the historian who has been in charge of this investigation, stated that:

A convergence of elements ranging from the first anthropological examinations to historical documents, allows us to conclude that the remains found are, almost with total probability, those of Lisa Gherardini.

Who was Lisa Gherardini?

He was born in 1479 and she was the wife of an important silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo, who is believed to have been responsible for commissioning Da Vinci to paint his wife's portrait. After becoming a widow, Gherardini was secluded in a convent in Florence, where she died in 1542 and where her mortal remains were always suspected to be found.

It was in 2011 when researchers they began to excavate the tombs of the convent, always hoping to be able to find the remains of this woman. The first eight remains they found were in fairly good condition, although after the first tests it was determined that they were remains too old to be the Mona Lisa.

Four other remains found in a mass grave, which was used until 1545, were tested for carbon dating and it was shown that at least one of them lived during the same period as Lisa Gherardini.

The tests are not conclusive, at least for now, so we have to wait for the confirmation of the results, whatever they are, but it is still very exciting.

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