Skip to comments.Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa
Posted on 12/09/2011 2:33:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
A New York artist believes he's "cracked the code" of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting.
Ron Piccirillo stated on his blog that the painting is an optical illusion with one painting hidden within another. He refers to a "secret that has been hiding for five hundred years" as he claims to have found a lion's head, an ape head and a buffalo head in the painting while turning it around.
"I had first Googled this, but could not find anything on it," he stated. "How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?"
The key to finding these illusions, Piccirillo said on the site, is to view them at an acute angle. If the viewer's eye is level with the painted horizon, he stated, the viewer may not be able to see them.
Piccirillo, a graphic designer, stated in a press release that he has solved mysteries in other pieces of Renaissance art as well.
The press release described how he read over da Vinci's writing and found passages to support his claims. He referred to a passage that he said shows the painting is not of a specific person but of the human trait envy. "It's not every day you spot something that has gone unnoticed for 500 years," Piccirillo told the UK Daily Mail.
Readers of the Daily Mail story aren't buying it. "There's nothing there at all," another said. "Any resemblance to an animal is purely coincidental."
Koinkydinks everywhere and not a drop to drink.
“So dark the con of man.”
Doubt it. Not sure da Vinci knew about buffalos when he painted the Mona Lisa.
Any Waldos in it?
there are buffalo in Europe. That is actually the reason why the American bison is often mistakenly called a “buffalo”
I saw exactly the same thing in the bottom of my trash can the other day.
Lucy Van Pelt: Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud’s formations. What do you think you see, Linus?
Linus Van Pelt: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean.
Linus Van Pelt: That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there...
Linus Van Pelt: ...gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.
Lucy Van Pelt: Uh huh. That’s very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: Well... I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind.
Anamorphosis? Like those Holbein paintings?
Cue the plethora of Madonna/Jesus-on-a-toast pics...
People can waaaaay over-think these things...
. “How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?”
Maybe because they ain’t there.
I was thinking he found out it was a paint by the numbers picture.
HAMLET: Do you see that Cloud? that's almost in shape like a Camel.
POLONIUS: By the Miss, and it's like a Camel indeed.
HAMLET: Methinks it is like a Weasel.
POLONIUS: It is backed like a Weasel.
HAMLET: Or like a Whale? POLONIUS: Very like a Whale. 
They didn't have the drugs you take?
For those who think this is all nonsense, I would suggest that the (highlighted, reddish) lion head in the Titian image below is really quite obvious.
I think that’s actually one of the Care Bears.
If you play “Mona Lisa” backwards, you can hear Nat King Cole say, “Paul is the Walrus.”
“BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE”
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