Decades of research into the alleged remains of Leonardo da Vinci has revealed how many people currently alive can claim to be the descendants of the family of the Renaissance genius and the painter of “Mona Lisa”: that’s 14 years old.
The finding, published in the journal Human Evolution this month, comes from a new family tree spanning 21 generations and four branches.
He is part of the Leonardo Da Vinci DNA project, which aims to confirm the remains thought to be his and “better understand his extraordinary talents and visual acuity through genetic associations”.
The researchers wrote that these findings are “historically eagerly awaited” because they will help researchers “scientifically explore the roots of his genius, find information about his physical prowess and possibly premature aging,” on his health and possible hereditary diseases, and to explain certain particular sensory perceptions, such as his extraordinary visual quality and his synesthesia. “
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Researchers gathered data from historical documents in public and private archives and Leonardo’s direct accounts descent.
The study did not provide much information on living descendants in order to protect their privacy.
Born in 1452, Leonardo is known for his paintings “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”. Leonardo also devoted his time to science, mathematics, architecture, design, engineering, geology, cartography, sculpture and drawing.
His works of art continue to attract heavy payments from collectors.
Last year, an online auctioneer paid $ 98,000 to attend the annual Mona Lisa exam, when the Louvre in Paris takes the painting out of its case for inspection.
Earlier this month, a new auction record was set when a small sketch of a bear sold for over $ 12 million.