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Italian experts to DNA test alleged Leonardo da Vinci hair strand

Rome / A pair of Italian investigators have found a lock of hair that they say could have belonged to Renaissance figure Leonardo Da Vinci, the team announced Monday in a statement.

The lock of hair was found in a private collection in the United States, Alessandro Zezzosi, director of the Leonardo da Vinci Ideale Museum, and Agnese Sabato, president of the Leonardo da VinciHeritage, said.

“We have recovered a lock of hair overseas which has historically been called ‘Les Cheveux de Leonardo da Vinci’, along with another relic; this extraordinary relic will allow us to proceed in the search for his DNA,” the statement said.

The strand of hair that could have belonged to the Florentine artist will be unveiled to the world at a special press conference on May 2, the same day that marks the 500 year anniversary of da Vinci’s death in France.

Da Vinci (1492-1519) spent the last years of his life in Amboise (central France) under the protection of King Francis I.

The lock of hair will be exhibited in a world preview supported by documents that will demonstrate its ancient French provenance at the Leonardo da Vinci Lives exhibition the experts said.

“It is the element that was lacking to give further scientific concreteness to our historical research,” Sabato continued.

“Thanks to the genetic analysis on this find, which will be crossed with the DNA exams of the living descendants and of the burials that we have identified in recent years, it is now possible to make checks for the DNA research of the genius, also in relation to the tomb of Leonardo and Amboise,” she added.

In 2016 Sabato and Vezzosi claimed to have found the indirect descendants of da Vinci via his father Piero and brother Domenico.

Da Vinci was an all-rounder and developed scientific and technological designs, was a renowned artist and famously foresaw contemporary inventions such as flying machines and his “ideal city,” a precursor to urban planning.

The genius’ urban utopia bears a striking resemblance to modern cities with subways and tunnels and streets flanked by high rise buildings. He also envisaged the use of prosthesis such as contact lenses.

From his artistic repertoire, his most well-known paintings include “The Last Supper” (1498) and the mysterious “Mona Lisa” (1503), which is considered one of the most famous canvasses in the world.

Italy has programmed 78 major events in numerous cities across the country to mark da Vinci’s death anniversary.

 

EFE/Practica Español

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly, the text speaks of...)
A
El hallazgo de un mechón de pelo de Da Vinci.
B
El hallazgo de una nueva obra de Da Vinci.
C
El hallazgo de un hueso de Da Vinci.
Question 2
Según el texto, ¿qué es lo que permite este hallazgo? (According to the text, what does this finding allow?)
A
Identificar qué tipo de pelo tenía.
B
Seguir rastreando el ADN del artista.
C
Datar su muerte.
Question 3
¿Qué se conmemora el día de la rueda de prensa en la que se presenta el pelo? (What is celebrated on the day of the press conference in which the hair is presented?)
A
Los quinientos años de su nacimiento.
B
Los quinientos años de su muerte.
C
Los doscientos años de su muerte.
Question 4
Según la experta Sabato, ¿tuvo Leonardo da Vinci descendencia? (According to the expert Sabato, did Leonardo da Vinci have offspring?)
A
Tuvo un hijo.
B
No tuvo hijos.
C
Tuvo tres hijos.
Question 5
Según Sabato y Vezzosi, ¿qué lograron encontrar en 2016? (According to Sabato and Vezzosi, what did they find in 2016?)
A
Restos de su padre y su hermano.
B
Restos de su madre.
C
Restos de sus tíos.
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En este contexto, la palabra mechón se refiere a... (In this context, the word mechón refers to...)
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Una porción de hilos.
B
Una porción de pelos.
C
Una porción de cuerdas.
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El verbo conmemorar significa... (The verb conmemorar means...)
A
Celebrar una fecha importante.
B
Recordar algo reciente.
C
Estudiar.
Question 3
En este contexto, una efeméride es... (In this context, a efeméride is...)
A
Una estatua.
B
Un acontecimiento notable que se recuerda en cualquier aniversario de él.
C
Un libro.
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El sustantivo concreción es... (The noun concreción is...)
A
Neutro.
B
Femenino.
C
Masculino.
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El antónimo del verbo inaugurar es... (The antonym of the verb inaugurar is...)
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Comenzar.
B
Introducir.
C
Clausurar.
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