Scientists in Italy will unearth the remains of Italian poet Petrarch in an
effort to learn about his physical appearance.
Vito Terribile Wiel Marin is a professor of pathological anatomy at the
University of Padua, a study that has led him to the pursuit of the physical
appearances of some of Italy's most famous people, including St. Anthony of
Padua. The latest plan is to open the vault of the 14th century poet Petrarch
who perfected the art of the sonnet.
"If the remains are in good condition, we will be able to find out what
Petrarch looked like, his height and girth, and also his illnesses," said
In the 19th century, researchers studied Petrarch's bones, reporting that he
was unnaturally tall. Marin hopes to compare his results with those and find
the truth about the man who once said, "I was comely enough in my best days."
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