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Mona Lisa Researchers Work To Find Woman Behind Famous Painting

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April 30, 2014 AT 6:56 AM
A team of researchers say they are one step closer to solving one of art history’s biggest mysteries: the real identity of the Mona Lisa , the woman portrayed in Leonardo Da Vinci’s, and arguably the world’s, most famous painting. A team of researchers took samples Tuesday from Renaissance-era remains in Florence, Italy, to see if they can match another set of bones to the woman suspected to have been Da Vinci's subject. Art historians believe that the woman who sat for Da Vinci was most likely Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy silk merchant who lived in Florence in the 16th century, at the same time as the great renaissance artist.