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13 unknown grandchildren of Leonardo da Vinci found in Italy

13 unknown grandchildren of Leonardo da Vinci found in Italy
13 unknown grandchildren of Leonardo da Vinci found in Italy

Italian researchers managed to form a new, more complete “genealogical tree” of the family of Leonardo da Vinci, thanks to which they discovered 13 direct descendants, previously unknownThis time-consuming work was carried out by the founder and director of the Leonardo Ideal Museum in the Tuscan town of Vinci, Alessandro Vezzosi, and the president of the Leonardo Heritage Society Agnes Sabato, who published their findings in the monthly scientific journal Journal of Human Evolution.

Its main goal was to be able to reconstruct the “genetic appearance” of the Italian genius, according to the agency “Sputnik”.

After painstaking work in the archives and many years of research in documents, they were able to recover the complete history of this Tuscan family from 1331 to the present day, identifying 21 generations”In 2016, we identified 35 surviving descendants of Leonardo, but most of them were still indirect kinships, mostly on the maternal side,” Vezzosi said.

The most famous example in this regard is the famous director Franco Zeffirelli (died June 15, 2019).

But these people could not give us the information we were looking for regarding the DNA of Leonardo da Vinci and, above all, about the Y chromosome, which is transmitted through the male line and remains practically unchanged for 25 generations.

However, the researchers did not stop the search and eventually managed to find 13 previously unknown grandchildren of the great artist, descendants of his father Piero and his half-brother DomenicoTheir ages range from one year to 85, all living in Tuscany, not far from Vinci, near which Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, which made this city famous all over the world.

Leonardo did not have a surname, his full name in Italian is Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, which means “Leonardo, son of Mr.

Piero of Vinci.

“According to Vesossi, in total, there are 14 paternal grandchildren of Leonardo who are currently aliveThere are no celebrities among them, most of them are employees and craftsmenIt is reported that the father of the genius artist is the notary Piero, who married his beloved, the peasant Caterina, and Leonardo’s father had married four times and had 12 children.

The genetic material will be taken from the descendants, to be studied in the coming months by scientists in the framework of the international “Leonardo da Vinci DNA Project”

13 unknown grandchildren of Leonardo da Vinci found in Italy
13 unknown grandchildren of Leonardo da Vinci found in Italy

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