On August 21, 1911, Leondardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by Italian nationalist Vincenzo Peruggia. He reportedly committed the crime alone and stated that he intended to return the painting to Italy – a restoration of native goods. Peruggia was apparently unaware that Leonardo himself sold the painting to King Francois I.
However,t he case itself is one of the least understood and mysterious art heists in history. Peruggia reportedly walked into the Louvre, removed the painting fro a wall, wrapped it in clothe, and then walked out the door – all in plain view of the Security Guards (who reported that they assumed he was the Museum Photographer).
Yesterday, I posted a story about excavations under the estate of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, the woman believed to have inspired Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. You can read my original post and check out the initial link here.
Today, the Telegraph reports more on this historical excavation in this article.
The aim of the dig is to find Mona Lisa’s remains, compare her DNA with that of two her children buried in Florence’s Santissima Annunziata church, then reconstruct her face and compare it to Leonardo’s painting.
Recent archaeological excavations under the estate of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, the woman thought to have inspired Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, have revealed family tombs and crypts.
Archaeologists are hoping to find Giocondo’s remains and, using her skeletal frame, to determine whether or not the wealthy merchant’s wife served as da Vinci’s model. You can read more about the excavations at this Fox News Article.