Rome - What may - or may not - be the bones of the father of European painting were laid to rest on Monday in a place of honour in Florence's Duomo at a solemn memorial Mass. But the tomb is nameless.
The identity of the remains are in hot dispute. Two Italian researchers insist they are those of the 14th century artist Giotto. An American art historian says they probably belonged to a "fat butcher."
Monday's ceremony appeared to be a bit of a compromise between the warring views.
The remains were buried near the grave of the Duomo's famed designer, Filippo Brunelleschi, but in a crypt closed to the public and without a marker, the Ansa news agency reported from Florence.
Lobbying hard for full recognition for the remains were Italian author Stefano Sieni and Francesco Mallegni, an anthropology and paleontology professor at the universities of Pisa and Palermo.