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Monday, January 25, 2010

Is the Mona Lisa really Leonardo da Vinci?

Art historians are going to dig up Leonardo da Vinci's bones and see if they match the facial structure of the Mona Lisa. The theory is that because he was homosexual and loved riddles, he could have painted himself as a woman. Scientists will reconstuct his face to find out if the painting is in fact a self-portrait in disguise.

But they don't know if they can find the real bones. He was originally buried in a church destroyed in the French Revolution of 1789 and then reburied and now lies under an inscription which reads "Presumed to be the Master's remains". They will use carbon dating and compare DNA samples from bones and teeth from male descendants who live in Botogna, Italy. Many Leonardo scholars are angry and want his bones left alone and believe that the identity of the Mona Lisa should remain one of the greatest art mysteries of the world.