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Mona Lisa ‘model’ skeleton dug out

Archaeologists on Tuesday unearthed a skeleton in a rare state of preservation in Florence in what they believe may be a crucial step towards unravelling the mystery of the identity of the woman with

Italian perfumer celebrates 400-year anniversary

Wafts of perfume thrill visitors as soon as they set foot in the frescoed halls of the Santa Maria Novella pharmacy in Florence, a perfumer to poets, film stars and noblewomen through the ages.

Italian shock photographer launches penis calendar

Italian shock photographer Oliviero Toscani has done it again - this time with a calendar featuring 12 penis close-ups in an ad for a group of companies that make naturally-tanned leather.

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Italy requests Mona Lisa loan, Paris says no

Italy has launched a campaign to convince the Louvre Museum in Paris to lend the Mona Lisa painting to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery in 2013 to mark the 100th anniversary of its recovery following one of history’s most famous art thefts.

‘Possible skull of Mona Lisa model found in Italy’


Archaeologists in Florence have uncovered at skeleton they believe could be the 500-year-old remains of the noblewoman who allegedly posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa masterpiece.

Skull of Mona Lisa model found?

Archaeologists in Italy's Florence city have uncovered a skeleton they believe could be the 500 year-old remains of the noblewoman who is believed to have posed for Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa maste

Hunt for the true Mona Lisa begins

Researchers have begun their hunt for the remains of the woman who might have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, hoping to unravel a mystery that has baffled art historians for over fiv

‘Mona Lisa’ to be exhumed for ID check

Art historians are due to dig up the remains of who they believe posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa in order to extract the DNA to recreate the face of the noblewoman who died almost 500 y

Aparna Sen’s film to flag off Florence fest

A RED carpet reception awaits filmmaker-actress Aparna Sen in Italy where her latest venture, Iti Mrinalini, will flag off the River to River film festival here on Friday.

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