The Possible Body of Mona Lisa Maybe Almost Identified, Sort Of

August 12, 2013 | Marina Galperina

Self-styled investigator Silvano Vinceti says that he is close to identifying the remains of Lisa Gherardini, commonly believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Three skeletons pulled out of a Florence crypt by his team of archiologists academics historians “researchers” are currently being carbon dated to establish if the woman buried there — along with hundreds, possibly thousands of other buried women — is from the 1500s, which would vaguely establish an approximately matching date of death.

Then comes “most exciting” part, reconstructing the woman’s face. Previously, Vinceti brought us such exciting news factually challenged assessments as “There’s an LV visible in Mona Lisa’s pupil” and “We found Caravaggio’s bones, omg!” which art historian Tomaso Montanari called as a “very depressing” attempt to get publicity and attract tourists during the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio’s death.