“If we manage to find his skull, we could rebuild Leonardo’s face and compare it with the Mona Lisa,” said Anthropologist Giorgio Gruppioni, who believes the project will throw light on the Renaissance painter’s most celebrated portrait.
Leonardo was originally buried in a church that was destroyed during the French revolution in 1789. The remains were reburied in a small chapel of Saint-Hubert at Amboise Castle in the Loire valley in 1874 with an inscription describing them as ‘presumed’ to be the master’s. A team of art historians and scientists from Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage, has requested that his tomb be opened.
The head of the team, Silvano Vincenti, said the first step would be to ascertain if the remains are Leonardo’s using carbon dating and comparing DNA samples from bones and teeth to those of male descendants in Bologna, Italy.
Mystery has surrounded the identity of the Mona Lisa for centuries and scholars have argued that Da Vinci’s presumed homosexuality and love of riddles led him to paint himself as a woman, “The Daily Mail” reported.