FLORENCE, Italy (Tue, July 24) – Italian archaeologists have dug out a skeleton today believed to be of Lisa Gherardini, the woman who inspired one of the most emblematic works of Leonardo da Vinci, “Mona Lisa”.
Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542), also known as Lisa del Giocondo, is considered by some experts as the model of the famous portrait of the Mona Lisa exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, is undoubtedly one of the world's most familiar paintings.
According to details; archaeologists have found bones near the convent of Sant'Orsola (or St. Ursula) in Italian city of Florence. These remains will be sent to the Department for the Conservation of Cultural Property in Ravenna (northern Italy), to be examined, the researchers said.
A team of archaeologists began excavations in this convent last year after documents have confirmed that Gherardini, wife of a wealthy silk merchant of Florence (Francesco del Giocondo), lived in place after the death of her husband – Francesco del Giocondo.
The documents also revealed that Lisa Gherardini was under the care of his two daughters who were nuns.
Famous art researcher Silvano Vinceti, also head of the team of archaeologists, believes that this discovery, made in an abandoned convent, is particularly exciting. But going further emphasized performed tests of the remains to verify the identity, writes Lusa.
"I can say that we have reached the most exciting part of the investigation," said Vinceti, an expert in solving mysteries related to the art world.
"It is the culmination of our work and we are close to answering the main question: whether or not we find the remains of Lisa Gherardini?" Vinceti said further.