Saturday, January 20, 2007

Mona Lisa Found Dead in Florence

An Italian researcher says that he has discovered Mona Lisa's resting place in Florence.

Leonardo scholar Giuseppe Pallanti said documents indicate she was buried in the city's former Convent of St. Orsula in the heart of the city, ANSA said Thursday.

"I've pored through thousands of archive pages and I'm convinced the remains of Leonardo's model Lisa Gherardini was buried there," Pallanti said. [Link]
Pallanti produced evidence in 2004 that Leonardo's father knew Lisa's husband, and suggested that the painting had been commissioned by Ser Piero da Vinci himself because Leonardo "was hopelessly vague when it came to money matters."

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