Italian sisters claim direct heritage to Mona Lisa

Italian sisters claim direct heritage to Mona Lisa
Natalia and Irina Strozzi believe they are direct descendants of the sitter in the most famous artwork in the world – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

After learning about their connection to the woman, which was then just a family legend, a family friend and historian took it upon himself to uncover the sisters’ family tree and reveal the truth.

“And from that moment it came to us that actually we are connected to one of the most known women in the world,” says Irina.

It is widely believed that Mona Lisa is actually Italian noblewoman Lisa del Giocondo, whose husband Francesco, a silk merchant, commissioned Da Vinci to make the portrait in the early 16th century. It is the Italian renaissance painter’s best-known artwork, and has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris for more than 200 years.

Watch the Strozzi sisters’ story in the video player above.

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