May 01, 2019
By Andy Johnson
In another event to mark this year’s 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, a lock of his hair is to undergo DNA testing.
Researchers intend to use the DNA to explore whether bones discovered at Leonardo’s presumed burial site do indeed belong to the artist
The hair was recovered from an American art collection which has long been hidden from the public.
da Vinci died in the French town of Amboise in 1519 at the age of 67 after suffering multiple strokes.
It’s also believed his remains were buried at the King’s residence, but the exact whereabouts of those remains became a mystery after the chapel was largely destroyed during the French revolution.
Some of the hair will go on public display beginning tomorrow as part of the “Leonardo Lives” exhibition at the “Leonardo da Vinci Museum” in the artist’s hometown of Vinci, which is just outside Florence.