Mystery of Mona Lisa solved, scientists reveal name of model posing for famous painting of Da Vinci

Saturday 11 March 2017 2 months ago 66   Italy   Print

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Report  Web desk : ROME: Florentine noblewoman, Lisa Gherardini, is widely believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci painting. Lisa Gherardini is thought to have posed for the painting between 1503 and 1506. Not much is known about Gherardini life. Born in Florence and married in her teens to a cloth and silk merchant who later became a local official, she was mother to five children. It is believed Francesco Del Giocondo commissioned the portrait to celebrate either his wife pregnancy or the purchase of a house around 1502 and 1503. After his death, Gherardini became a nun. She died in 1542 at the age of 63 and was said to be buried near the Sant Orsola convent altar. In 2014 scientists conducted a DNA test on bones fond at the convent which they believe belonged to Gherardini but the results are still to be released. 02