Mona Lisa's (Gheradini) DNA
"Wikimedia Commons Scientists in Florence are examining the bones of a 16th century nun they think served as the model for the Mona Lisa . Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo was the wife of a wealthy merchant and is rumored to have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. She was a famed beauty in her time and lived across the street from the famous artist and inventor. When her husband died she became a nun at the convent of San Orsula in Florence , where she died and was buried in 1542. A team of scientists went looking for her in a crypt under the convent. DNA in the bones they found is now being compared with samples taken from the Gherardini family tomb in hopes of finding a match. The next step will be facial reconstruction to see what the woman looked like in life. Perhaps they'll find the mystery to her enigmatic smile. Facial reconstruction and DNA analysis have already been done for the remains of King Richard III , found last year under an English parking lot. Researchers are also examining the possible remains of King Alfred the Great ."
- Lisa Gherardini? Is she "Mona Lisa"? (A previous blog post that I talked about this)
- Mona Lisa's DOB 3/8/12
- Lisa Gheradini/ Giacondo's bones found?
You can read more about my theory about who/what the painting is based on and why it isn't Lisa Gheradini by clicking above. Essentially this story is, while interesting, is an exercise in futility. Trying to prove that a certain skeleton is the remains of the real Lisa Gheradini has no relation to the painting. What they are hoping to do is to reconstruct the face of the Skull of "Lisa" and then see if it is similar to the Mona Lisa. Even if she were to have a similar face it doesn't necessarily "prove' that the painting is of her. The real questions should be why does Leonardo's own self portrait combine with the face of "Mona Lisa" and why does some of his other paintings - including some of his pupil Salai. What i've discovered, and what some of my book is about, is that he intended to leave behind these mysteries for someone else to piece together at some point in the future because he couldn't during the time he lived in. It's complicated and intricate - but so was everything else Leonardo did. He was a trickster, painter, and had to keep almost all of his work hidden and obscured - especially his love life. If certain people would have known about what he was really doing his work - and himself would have been burned and called heretical. This is why he didn't title the painting himself or identify who "she was" because her face is not of a single person but a combination of many.
- "A Certain Florentine Lady"
- "A courtesan in gauze veil"
- "La Joconde"
- "La Giaconda"
So when you read through my site and see the images that combine almost perfectly together - keep in mind how difficult and tedious it would be and that for this to happen it would have to be INTENTIONAL. Not coincidental or accidental. The next step is trying to figure out what was behind that intent!
She is a very complicated riddle.