One of the world’s most enduring mysteries could be on its way to finally being solved if a skeleton found in Florence turns out to be that of Mona Lisa.
Remains unearthed at an abandoned convent there may belong to Lisa Gherardini, widely thought to have served as Leonardi da Vinci’s muse.
Archaeologists have found other bones at the site but believe a set of remains uncovered on Tuesday could date from the right period.
“We have clear historical documents about the burial of Lisa Gherardini on July 15, 1542,” said Silvano Vinceti, the head of the team seeking the remains of the silk merchant’s wife.
“Now we are entering the heart of this search, the most important moment,” he added, explaining that extensive histological and other tests lie ahead.
Da Vinci’s masterpiece is THE painting we have all heard of. For now at least, with the enigma still in tact, it remains as bewitching as ever.