Sunday, May 29, 2011

Archaeologists dig out 500-yr-old remains of Mona Lisa 'model'

Archaeologists in Italy's Florence city have uncovered a skeleton they believe could be the 500 year-old remains of the noblewoman who is believed to have posed for Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa masterpiece.

An archaeology excavation that started earlier this month of what was once the convent of Saint Orsola , where Lisa Gherardini — the wife of wealthy silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo - was buried following her death in July 1542 at 63 years. A grave was unearthed that contained a skeleton of an adult woman with parts of the skull and pelvis, said Giorgio Gruppioni, an archaeology professor from the University of Bologna and coordinator of the archaeology excavation.

Source from :

For more interesting topics related to archaeology, visit archaeology excavations.

No comments: