Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Mona Lisa

I interrupt the stream of Germany posts to bring you something I find very cool.

While I appreciate the Mona Lisa's influence on the history of Renaissance portraiture, it's not a piece I've ever found as mesmerizing as the general public seems to. What I do find very interesting is the new development on the search for knowledge of her identity, namely the discovery of what they believe to be the remains of Lisa Gherardini in the Convent of Saint Ursula in Florence.

Just as a side note - can we take a moment to appreciate this guy's outfit?

After the death of her husband, Francesco del Giocondo, Gherardini moved to the convent where her two daughters lived and was tended to by them until her death, at which point she was interred there.

Since they have the remains of her children, they can ascertain whether the skeleton belonged to Gherardini by way of a DNA test. The remains could be unrelated, in which case the archaeological team would begin new digs in September to unearth other bodies and continue their search. If, however, the results are positive (and this is why it's particularly exciting that the skull of the skeleton they found is largely intact), they need only wait two months, during which they will reconstruct her face based on the bone structure of the skull. They can then compare the reconstruction with the portrait and confirm whether or not the subject of the painting is indeed Gherardini.

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    1. Right? The allure this painting has always had is based on the mystery around it. To think that that might be gone in a matter of months is crazy to think about!

  2. WOW! I didn't even know that they thought they found her body. How exciting. I've seen the picture before and I think its pretty fantastic, I guess just the idea behind it. Thats so exciting that they are finding her :)

    1. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they find!

  3. This is really incredible and amazing at the same time.

    You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.

    1. I know! It's a little mind-blowing.

      Thank you! Your blog is pretty awesome too :]