Mona Lisa’s Bones – the search continues…

Mona Lisa's Bones - the search continues...

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Exhumers have recently dug up bones from a woman buried in 1609. At that time, bodies were buried one on top of the other, and the woman believed to be the Mona Lisa, Lisa Gherardini, died in 1542.

Subject of songs (lots & lots of songs!) and several films, the alluring smile of the Mona Lisa has captivated people’s hearts, minds and immagination since Leonardo da Vinci put paint to poplar panel in the 1500s.

Whilst the Musèe du Lourve has labelled the Mona Lisa as ‘Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo’, much debate has raged about the true identity of Mona Lisa, the meaning behind the painting, and more.

We reported some time ago about the exhuming of bones in the search for the real Mona Lisa, a search which is continuing.

Exhumers have recently dug up bones from a woman buried in 1609.

At that time, bodies were buried one on top of the other, and the woman believed to be the Mona Lisa, Lisa Gherardini, died in 1542.

Digging is continuing for now, however an indirect heir of the Medici family is doing his best to stop the search for the true Mona Lisa.

According to Florence’s English-language newspaper, The Florentine, Prince Ottaviano de’ Medici who is President of the International Medici Association for the Protection of the Arts, fears exhumation shall turn into a ‘commercial and media frenzy’ which would result in ‘hurting those devoted to the dead.’

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