Believing that if they can examine the skull of Leonardo da Vinci, scientists and historians from Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage have officially applied for permission to open his tomb, located at Amboise Castle in France. The plan is to reconstruct a model of Leonardo’s face, in order to determine whether the face of the Mona Lisa is actually his own. This idea is not without its critics, and I haven’t decided yet whether I think they ought to leave things as they are, or satisfy that aspect of one of art’s greatest mysteries. I kind of like not knowing who she is. And I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a portrait of Leonardo that resembled ML very much, but here is a site that shows his self portrait as an old man morphing into her.
What’s your take on this issue?
The complete article, written by Murray Wardrop of The Telegraph.co.uk, is available here .