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Latest skeleton not Leonardo's Mona Lisa


(ANSA) - Florence, September 12 - The latest remains
uncovered at a former convent in central Florence don't belong
to the Mona Lisa - but she might be just underneath, a
researcher says.
The fourth skeleton found below the former Ursuline convent
appears to belong to another noblewoman who may have sat as a
model for Leonardo da Vinci when he was painting his famous
And that suggests the real Mona Lisa might be buried right
below, says Silvano Vinceti, who heads the investigating team
looking for the remains of the Mona Lisa.
"The ledgers kept by the nuns of this convent tell us that,
presumably, the remains exhumed today are those of Maria Del
Riccio, a wealthy woman who (died) in 1609," Vinceti told a news
conference Wednesday.
The method of burial used by nuns during this period -
stacking graves one above the other - suggests that the Mona
Lisa herself "could be right here" underneath the gave that
contained Del Riccio, he said.
For months, Vinceti has led a team working near the altar
in the basement of the former convent of St. Ursula, where it's
believed Mona Lisa, a Florentine noblewoman, was buried in 1542.
La Gioconda - as the Italians call the Mona Lisa because of
the surname of her husband, del Giocondo - is believed to have
joined the Ursuline nuns in old age.
It has frequently been suggested that del Giocondo
commissioned Leonardo to paint his Mona Lisa (mona is the
standard Italian contraction for madonna, or "my lady,") to mark
his wife's pregnancy or the recent birth of their second child
in December 1502.
More digging in the site is required, said Vinceti.
Meanwhile, the bones uncovered this week will be delivered
to a team of specialists from the University of Bologna-Ravenna,
Pisa, L'Aquila, and Puglia for analysis.
Research should be wrapped up by next February, concluded

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