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Have Researchers Found The Woman Who Modeled For Mona Lisa???

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So…the Mona Lisa ISN'T a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci's "male lover"???

On Tuesday, Italian researchers began the process of locating the remains of Lisa Gherardini, a woman who MAY have been the model for the Mona Lisa.

According to a recently found death certificate, Gherardini died on July 15, 1542 and was buried in the Convent of St. Ursula in central Florence.

Art Historian Silvano Vinceti, who's heading up this project, says that they'll begin digging at the convent later this month.

Exciting stuff! Would def be cool if they were able to figure out the identity of the Mona Lisa once and for all.

Do U think Lisa Gherardini could be the Mona Lisa? Or do U still think it's Leo's "male lover"?

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40 comments to “Have Researchers Found The Woman Who Modeled For Mona Lisa???”



  1. 1

    oh god, put this to rest already.



  2. 2

    Really Mario…? If anything is gay related you'll post about it. It's pretty irrelevant on a celebrity blog. Just exposes your gay agenda.



  3. 3

    human beings have major entitlement issues - some things should be left alone and this is one of them.



  4. 4

    I confess I know nothing about fine art, or pop art for that matter. Does anyone know why this particular painting is so highly regarded? There's nothing about this painting or its subject that makes me care about it.



  5. 5

    I have to agree with Nelly put this to rest let's focus on the living.For instance,that vampire woman.lol

    Kenal-
    www.kenalsworld.com



  6. 6

    you had to post this because of the possible man on man action right….Who cares who it was, whoever it was it was butt ugly



  7. 7

    blah, blah, blah, blah. another group of 'EXPERTS'. PLEASE!!!! I happen to LOVE da Vinci's work, marvel at his designs for inventions that weren't 'created' until the 19th, 20th centuries, even though he drew out the plans, in detail over 400 years prior, so I have heard it all with the Mona Lisa-his lover, both MALE AND FEMALE (him being possibly gay did not 'come out' into the mainstream until the past decade or so, a prostitute, his 'cleaning lady' and yes, he used a mirror and this is one of his self protraits, in drag!(and with that, gay rumors should have come to light a lot sooner). SOMEONE HE CREATED and/or a COMBINATION OF SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE. considering he is dead, along with everyone else to do with it, well over 500 years, and he did not write about this, or at least no one has found out about it, HOW DO ANY OF THESE 'EXPERTS' KNOW? we did not have photographs or cameras invented yet, and no one KNOWS HOW ACCURATE PORTRAITS WERE??????



  8. 8

    I have never met "Leo" so am not really interested in his bi-sexuality.



  9. 9

    AND reading this creepy crap on the oh so reliable HUFFINGTON POST, they are DIGGING HER UP? hoping against all hope, that since this woman was buried in a crypt, OVER 500 YEARS AGO! that her skull has turned ashes to ashes and want to do a CSI facial reconstruction. Again, he was an artist, the work is what matters, and artist take LIBERTIES, who knows what the subject LOOKED LIKE, and facial reconstructions they do nowadays, DO LOOK somewhat, but NEVER EXACTLY like the person. I hope, since in Europe, a lot of people stay put, and she was noblity, someone says, HEY, THAT WAS MY GREAT, GREAT, ETC,ETC. GRANDMOTHER, DO NOT DIG HER UP! sick sick sick and it DOES NOT MATTER!



  10. 10

    I think this should be left as one of the world's greatest mysteries and let this woman rest in peace.



  11. 11

    Digging next month? Why can they not rest in peace and this remain a great mystery? I cannot believe they would disturb graves over this stupid matter.



  12. 12

    They've known who it was for years. I remember watching something on the history channel and reading articles about this years ago



  13. 13

    wht male lover between brackets?

    The fact that he was gay (like MIchelangelo) has been known for decades.
    (Oh and to reply to another commentary : a skull doesn't turn to dust.)



  14. 14

    I think it is completely DISGRACEFUL to dig up someone's remains for this nonsense! 'Rest in Peace' mean anything to these people!? WTF?



  15. 15

    this is disrespectful of human remains.



  16. 16

    Long accepted to be a woman… of course it isn't a man, if you look at all the rest of his work and their histories. But historians and art historians have to sell books, right?



  17. 17

    Seems like just a few weeks ago the story was the expertfucks had determined this was a self portrait.



  18. 18

    What amazing, cutting edge, celebrity gossip your blog is filled with these days.



  19. 19

    One of the most widely accepted theory's was that it was Da Vinci's image of himself as a woman….. how about that?! What's up with all the gay stuff? I've never heard of that theory…



  20. 20

    Re: dreamboat – The reason why the painting is famous is cause the techniques used in it. They were a breakthrough for its time. Not only he painted what it was the first imaginary background but also introduced the sfumato and the atmospheric perspective. There are other things also included in it which could be mentioned, but those are the major, along with the pose in the portrait, since most were made in profile poses.



  21. 21

    … and this is celebrity related material how ?



  22. 22

    You are such an idiot, Mario. 60 Minutes ran a story years ago about how an MRI showed a sketch of da Vinci under the paint. The theory is that he used himself as a frame of reference to paint a picture of his mother when she was young. Why are you trying to make this about gays? You are so heterophobic!



  23. 23

    Re: dreamboat – Her/His smile.



  24. 24

    I don't get it. Who really cares? Instead of digging up the past, why don't these efforts be used in the present and future for a better world? Everyone needs answers when sometimes there is really no need for it.



  25. 25

    Unless Leonardo cut a hair sample of everyone that posed for him or she cut her hand and the stretcher and bleed onto that or the canvas you are then left with possible diaries of people dead for hundreds of years.
    And with so many incredible art and document forgers around the world I will be following this sordid tale with suspicion and interest…



  26. 26

    The real question is… WHO CARES?!?

    I don't think this staff is serious or relevant for history or art.



  27. 27

    If they weren't sure about this, then they probably shouldn't have been printing books for years saying it was her.



  28. 28

    I'm getting cremated and have my ashes spread across a nice beach so I can rest in peace. This is so undignified to desecrate this woman this way.



  29. 29

    i think its better not to know. we have very little misteries these days



  30. 30

    Mona Lisa has been long and widely accepted to be Lisa del Giocondo- a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany- and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo The painting was commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea.



  31. 31

    is that even ethical… what would the remains prove? should leave the dead to lay in peace.



  32. 32

    thats fucking awesome!



  33. 33

    Why dig up this woman's remains? What would that do? Just prove she modeled or didn't for Da Vinci? Really, that's just sick.



  34. 34

    Posed.



  35. 35

    That's so cool. It's amazing how much mystery there is around this one painting.



  36. 36

    I perfer the male lover twist only because that would make a pretty awesome HBO series. :P



  37. 37

    this has to be a portrait of a female! Look at the softness of the hands, slender neck the close ratio between the nose and upper lip, rounded narrow shoulders. renaissance artists are known for using males in nude (improper to use woman then) paintings and trying to make them look like a women, but male features would always show through. He was known for destroying his paintings, but this one he kept until he died, she was obviously very important to him. doesn't have to be his lover.



  38. 38

    I'm not an art expert, but weren't all of his works commissioned? He didn't just paint random people, say his lover, and try to sell it. Wealthy people and royalty would pay well known artists to create works of art specifically for them. Just throwing that out there.



  39. 39

    She's been dead for 469 years. If conditions are right they may find mummified remains. More likely they'll find coffin dust. They should just leave her alone-let her rest.



  40. 40

    Leo's male lover the Mona Lisa? You WISH Perez. Jeez, give it a rest already.