1. Mamma Mia

    Mona Lisa's Tomb Opened

    Vases and human bones lie in the family grave of Lisa Gherardini, in Florence’s Santissima Annunziata basilica, Italy, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Researchers trying to identify the Renaissance model for Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" have excavated bones in a tomb in a Florence basilica in hopes they are the remains of her descendants. Geologist Antonio Moretti told reporters in the Santissima Annunziata basilica Friday the remains had an inscribed stone indicating they belonged to the family of Lisa Gherardini's husband and sons. Many believe she posed for Leonardo. Researchers will run tests to see if DNA from the children's bones is linked to female bones previously found in a Florence convent and believed to be those of Gherardini, who died around 1542. If the DNA tests are positive, experts plan to reconstruct the woman's skull and compare it to the portrait. The sitter's intriguing smile, however, might remain a mystery. (AP Photo/Michele Barbero)

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    Art historians have proposed many theories over the years about the historic basis of the Mona Lisa—even suggesting it might be Da Vinci in drag. Archaeologists now hope to get one step closer to tracking down the actual woman, basing their search on the popular theory that she was Lisa Gherardini, a silk merchant's wife. They have opened a tomb in Florence hoping to compare DNA from the skeleton of Gherardini's son with samples taken from three different skeletons in the convent where she died. After that comes the really cool part: once a body is identified, scientists can scan the skull to generate an image of Gherardini's face, which can then be compared to the painting. Modern art?

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