Italian archaeologists believe they’ve found the skeleton of the noblewoman who sat for Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece.
Under the alter of an abandoned Florence convent, the archaeologists found a tomb containing the bones of three women.
Carbon testing has shown that the exhumed bones match the date of the death of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, thought to be the woman portrayed in the Mona Lisa.
Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo was the third wife of a rich silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo. At the time of her death, she had gone to live with her daughter, a nun at Florence’s Saint’Orsola convent.
Unfortunately for history buffs, no head was found so scientists are unable to build a reconstruction of her face and match it to the famous portrait.
Art historians spent centuries arguing over who the woman in Da Vinci’s masterpiece was, until a note from an Italian government clerk identifying Lisa del Giocondo was found.
Da Vinci kept the Mona Lisa, which was painted sometime between 1503 to 1506, until his death in 1519.
Before coming to reside at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the painting spent time hanging on Napoleon’s bedroom wall.