Italian art historian says he believes he has found Mona Lisa's last resting placeBreaking News
The historian says she had seen out the last years of her life there.
After poring through thousands of official records from the time, Mr Pallanti believes Lisa Gherardini was widowed and ill when she died.
He says the documents also show that she was still a famous figure in Florentine society: the whole parish turned out for her funeral.
Even in death, it would seem, the woman who helped give the world the Mona Lisa was recognised as having something very special about her.
For centuries art lovers have pondered the mystery of Mona Lisa's smile.
They have been arguing whether she was smiling at her lover; was smug at the prospect of becoming - or having just become - a mother; or was enjoying a very private joke that would be wasted on the rest of us.
comments powered by Disqus
- Marine Corps investigating photo of iconic flag-raising on Iwo Jima
- Scholars Blast New Study Tracing Ashkenazi Jews to Khazars of Ancient Turkey
- Legendary Explorer’s Long-Lost Ship May Have Been Found Off Rhode Island
- More Doubts, Opposition To Sale Of Unique, Hartford Collection Of Political History
- How the Curse of Sykes-Picot Still Haunts the Middle East
- The Historian Whitewashing Ukraine’s Past
- Andrew Roberts wins $250,000 prize from the conservative Bradley Foundation
- Daniel Aaron, Critic and Historian Who Pioneered American Studies, Dies at 103
- Liz Covart's amazingly popular podcast helps her audience understand early American history
- Justus Rosenberg is still teaching at age 95