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Vases and human bones lie in the family tomb of Francesco del Giocondo. 9 Aug 2013 The tomb, opened for the first time, held vases and bones.

Vases and human bones lie in the family tomb of Francesco del Giocondo. 9 Aug 2013
The tomb, opened for the first time, held vases and bones.

(BBC News)

Scientists in the Italian city of Florence have opened a tomb to extract DNA they hope will identify the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The tomb contains the family of Lisa Gherardini, a silk merchant’s wife who is believed to have sat for the artist.
It is hoped DNA will help to identify her from three skeletons found last year in a nearby convent.
Experts have for centuries puzzled over the woman featured in the Mona Lisa, and the reason for her cryptic smile.

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