Sunday, 11 December 2011

Artist Finds New Hidden Images in Mona Lisa Painting

Artist Finds New Hidden Images in Mona Lisa Painting

An artist in New York has found a series of hidden images in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Mona Lisa." Artist Ron Piccirillo says that if you turn the painting sideways, you can see an outline of a lion, an ape, and a buffalo around Mona Lisa's head, and a crocodile and snake coming out of her body. So what's the meaning behind the images? Well, Piccirillo studied da Vinci's journals and says the painting is a representation of jealousy. The telltale journal passage reads, "Give her a leopard's skin, because this creature kills the lion out of envy and by deceit," and that's when he made the connection to the lion's head, hovering above her head.
Piccirillo says he's also uncovered hidden meanings in other renaissance paintings by Raphael, as well as in the Sistine Chapel. If you think this interpretation is a stretch, you're not alone. Art historians are skeptical, and most people on social media think Piccirillo is looking too hard and has too much time on his hands.

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