Scientists want to dig up Da Vinci’s bones to solve Mona Lisa mystery

Mona Lisa Da vinci

Scientists and historians are hoping to dig up the remains of Leonardo da Vinci to determine if the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, is actually a self-portrait.

A team from Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage has requested that Da Vinci’s tomb at Amboise Castle in the Loire valley be opened.

The woman in the famed masterpiece has never been identified, leading some scholars to speculate that the Italian polymath’s presumed homosexuality and love of riddles led him to paint himself as a woman.

“If we manage to find his skull, we could rebuild Leonardo’s face and compare it with the Mona Lisa,” Giorgio Gruppione, an anthropologist, was quoted in the London Times as saying.

However, the plans have incited disapproval from Da Vinci scholars who regard the notion of a self-portrait as a myth and who believe his remains should be left alone.