Mona Lisa's Bones Found, DNA Testing Planned
Mona Lisa's Bones May Have Been Discovered Under Church
There's always been a fascination with the woman painted in Leonardo da Vinci's famed Mona Lisa masterpiece.
Now, it appears they've dug up her bones.
Or some woman's bones, anyway.
Found under an Italian church, the bones are the subject of a lot of discussion, with her descendants believing it's sacrilegious to dig up the remains.
The bones were discovered in a crypt beneath an altar at the Convent of St. Orsola in Florence. Lisa Gherardini, who is believed to have been the inspiration for da Vinci's painting, could have been buried there in 1542.
DNA testing and radiocarbon dating will be conducted on the bones and compared to the known bones of the woman's children.
One of Gheradini's descendants, Italian princess Natalia Guicciardini Strozzi, questioned the bone testing, noting, "What difference would finding her remains make to the allure of Leonardo's painting?"
She's not wrong.