Mona Lisa quest sparks controversy

Everyone knows the face of the Mona Lisa, but Silvano Vinceti hopes that he can show the world her actual face by identifying her remains removed from the Sant'Orsola convent in Florence. The task is expected to be accomplished by matching DNA from eight skeletons removed from the convent with that of remains taken from the lady's family tomb.

The project has sparked controversy because, art historian Tomaso Montanari says, the Gherardini family, upon which the DNA testing is based, cannot officially be identified as that of the woman who posed for da Vinci. Vinceti, claims Montanari is "not a researcher."