Researchers identify 14 living descendants of Leonardo da Vinci's family

Written by Rachel Trent, CNN

Contributors Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Decades-long analysis into Leonardo da Vinci‘s purported stays has revealed how many individuals at present alive can declare to be descendants of the household of the Renaissance genius and “Mona Lisa” painter: It’s 14.
The findings, printed within the journal Human Evolution this month, comes from a brand new genealogical tree going by way of 21 generations and 4 branches.
The analysis is a part of the Leonardo Da Vinci DNA Project, which goals to substantiate stays regarded as his and to “better understand his extraordinary talents and visual acuity through genetic associations.”

The researchers behind the research wrote these outcomes are “eagerly awaited from an historical viewpoint,” as they are going to assist lecturers to “scientifically explore the roots of his genius, to find information on his physical prowess and on his possibly precocious aging, on his being left-handed and his health and possible hereditary sicknesses, and to explain certain peculiar sensory perceptions, like his extraordinary visual quality and synesthesia.”

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Researchers gathered information from historic paperwork in private and non-private archives, and direct accounts by descendants of Leonardo’s relations.

While the research offered little details about the residing descendants, with the intention to defend their privateness, challenge researchers Agnese Sabato and Alessandro Vezzosi informed CNN that the people range in age from 1 to 85.

“There are very young children and retirees who previously carried out various activities: employees of both public and private bodies, surveyors (and) traders,” the pair stated over e mail, including: “For us, they are all extraordinary people … from a human point of view. They live in Tuscany. However, the research continues on other branches and in other countries.”

As Leonardo is just not recognized to have had any kids, Sabato and Vezzosi centered their analysis on the artist’s father and his descendents, figuring out what they referred to as “some hitherto unknown branches of the lineage.” They checked out “thousands of unpublished documents,” in addition to reexamining proof that was “known but not understood,” they wrote.

“Our original question was: Is it possible that there are no biological heirs from the descendants of the numerous sons of Ser Piero, Leonardo’s father?” they stated, including: “We have always tried to investigate the story of Leonardo the man, as well as (Leonardo the artist), to … explain the reasons for his genius. Now, with the help of science, we hope that we can add some significant answers.”

Born in 1452, Leonardo is thought for his work “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.” Leonardo additionally devoted his time to science, math, structure, design, engineering, geology, cartography, sculpting and drawing.

His art work continues to elicit hefty funds from collectors.

Last 12 months, an internet bidder paid $98,000 to attend the annual examination of the Mona Lisa, when the Louvre museum in Paris takes the portray out of its case for inspection.
Earlier this month, a brand new public sale report was set when a tiny sketch of a bear offered for more than $12 million.

This article was up to date with quotes from researchers Agnese Sabato and Alessandro Vezzosi.

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