Archaeologists have found a skeleton they believe belonged to Lisa Gherardini, the woman who posed for Leonardo da Vinci's painting. The remains were uncovered in a crypt beneath an altar at the Convent of St. Orsola in Florence. Da Vinci's famous painting is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of merchant Francesco del Giocondo, who posed for da Vinci in the mid-1500s.
Lisa Gherardini joined the St. Orsola convent after Giocondo died and was buried there after her death in 1542. The bones will be tested at the University of Bologna for DNA matches to the bones of Mona Lisa's two sons.