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Scientists in the Italian city of Flo-
rence have opened a tomb to extract
DNA they hope will identify the model
for Leonardo da Vinci s Mona Lisa.
The tomb contains the family of Lisa
Gherardini, a silk merchant s wife who
is believed to have sat for the artist.
It is hoped DNA will help to identify
her from three skeletons found last year
in a nearby convent.
Experts have for centuries puzzled
over the woman featured in the Mona
Lisa, and the reason for her cryptic
To find the DNA they needed, sci-
entists cut a round hole in the stone
church floor above the family crypt of
Florentine silk merchant Francesco del
Giocondo. The tomb lies behind the
altar of the Santissima Annunziata
Begun between 1503 and 1506, the
half-portrait measures just 2ft 6in by
1 ft 8in.
Writer and researcher Silvano Vinceti
plans to compare DNA from the bones
with that of three women buried at the
nearby convent of Saint Ursula.
Lisa Gherardini died there as a nun
It is hoped that some of the bones
will belong to at least one of her blood
relation, probably her son, Piero.
"When we find a match between
mother and child---then we will have
found the Mona Lisa," said Vinceti.
He added that once a DNA match
is made, an image of Gherardini s face
can be generated from the skull and
compared with the painting.
Leonardo da Vinci took about 15 years
to complete what has become one of
the most famous paintings of all time.
One of the artist s favourite paintings,
he carried it with him until he died in
It was acquired by King Francis I,
who ruled France from 1515 to 1547. The
painting was put on permanent display
in the Louvre in Paris at the end of the
The piece was stolen from the muse-
um in 1911 by a former employee who
believed it belonged in Italy, but
returned three years later.
While its small size can surprise Lou-
vre visitors, the painting is the biggest
attraction in the museum.
One popular, if unlikely, theory sug-
gests it was a self-portrait.
There are similarities between the
facial features of the Mona Lisa and of
the artist s self-portrait painted many
years later, with some suggesting this
is the reason behind the portrait s famed
enigmatic smile. (BBC)
opened in quest
to find Mona Lisa
RIYADH---Bahrain s prime min-
ister accused anti-government
protesters of seeking to foment
chaos and topple the government
yesterday, days before planned
pro-democracy protests in the
tiny Gulf kingdom where unrest
has persisted since early 2011.
Protesters inspired by the
"Tamarrod" (rebel) protests in
Egypt last month have called for
rallies on Wednesday, at a time of
escalating clashes between the
police and pro-opposition demon-
The opposition, mostly made
up of members of the majority
Shi ite Muslim community,
demands the Sunni al-Khalifa rul-
ing family introduce democracy in
Bahrain, a close US ally.
On August 1, the government
toughened the country s anti-ter-
rorism laws, including imposing
longer prison terms and stripping
perpetrators of Bahraini nationality,
which human rights groups said
could lead to a crackdown on pro-
The new laws ban demonstrat-
ing in the capital, Manama, with-
out permission from the security
services and mandate jail for any-
one who carries anything resem-
bling explosives or firecrackers in
a public place. (Reuters)
Bahrain PM issues warning ahead of planned protests
Palestinian women enjoy the
Mediterranean sea during the Eid
al-Fitr holiday, in Tel Aviv, Israel,
yesterday. The three-day Eid-ul-
Fitr holiday marks the end of the
holy fasting month of Ramadan.
One of the most important
holidays in the Muslim world, Eid-
ul-Fitr, is marked with prayers,
family reunions and other
festivities. AP PHOTO
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