Scientists found out how it really looked like the artist Raphael
Scientists from the University of Rome La Sapienza in collaboration with professors from other schools of Italy have created three-dimensional model of the face of the artist of Renaissance of Raphael Santi and printed it on a 3D printer to see how it looked actually, reports the Daily Mail.
For this purpose, the experts used a plaster cast of the skull of an Italian painter, which was made during the exhumation of his body in 1833, the year, and a special computer program.
Over the centuries there have been suggestions that the bones may not belong to Raphael, as some of his disciples were later buried beside him.
However, Mattia Falconi, Professor and molecular biologist at tor Vergata University believes that the study indicates that approximately 85 percent the likelihood that the skull belongs to Raphael because of the similarity with most of the portraits and self-portraits of the artist.
According to the researcher, the painter had a "nose job" on the self-portrait 1506, the year of the year, who is now in Rome at the exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of his death (usually the painting hangs in the Uffizi Gallery).
Falcone hopes that someday, the crypt will re-open and conduct new studies of the skull of the artist, to get a better idea about "real Rafael", including to establish the real cause of death.
Raphael died in Rome in 1520 at age 37, probably from pneumonia, and was buried in the Pantheon.
According to the Daily Mail, printed on a 3D printer bust of a Renaissance master, will be on display in the Museum at his birthplace in Urbino (Marche region).