Digging up clues to Mona Lisa
SHE already has the most quizzical smile in history and now Italian researchers are determined to verify the identity of Mona Lisa, writes Alessandra Rizzo in Rome.
A team is preparing to dig up bones in the Convent of St Ursula in central Florence to try to identify the remains of a Renaissance woman long believed to be the true model for Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.
The research might help solve the mystery of the identity of the woman depicted in the painting.
The project launched yesterday aims to locate the remains of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a rich silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo. Tradition has long linked Gherardini, believed to have died in July 1542, to the painting.