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Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa
News5 ^ | 12/9/2012

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."


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: anamorphosis; art; davinci; godsgravesglyphs; monalisa; natkingcole; painting; paiting; pareidolia; prozacchewables; whatspaiting
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1 posted on 12/09/2011 2:33:20 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Koinkydinks everywhere and not a drop to drink.


2 posted on 12/09/2011 2:35:01 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: nickcarraway

“So dark the con of man.”


3 posted on 12/09/2011 2:35:39 PM PST by Publius
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To: nickcarraway

Buffalo head?

Doubt it. Not sure da Vinci knew about buffalos when he painted the Mona Lisa.


4 posted on 12/09/2011 2:38:20 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: nickcarraway

Any Waldos in it?


5 posted on 12/09/2011 2:38:56 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: nickcarraway
Here's the "lion." Looks CLEAR AS A BELL, eh?


6 posted on 12/09/2011 2:39:33 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Free Vulcan

there are buffalo in Europe. That is actually the reason why the American bison is often mistakenly called a “buffalo”


7 posted on 12/09/2011 2:43:22 PM PST by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: JennysCool

I saw exactly the same thing in the bottom of my trash can the other day.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 2:44:39 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: nickcarraway

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.
[points up]
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...
[points]
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.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 2:45:02 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( If you can't laugh at your self, I will for you.)
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To: nickcarraway


Oh, that's where the fourth hole is, right there. Right there in the back of the knee.
10 posted on 12/09/2011 2:45:23 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: nickcarraway

Anamorphosis? Like those Holbein paintings?


11 posted on 12/09/2011 2:50:23 PM PST by Lady Lucky ( Merry Christmas to all)
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To: nickcarraway

Cue the plethora of Madonna/Jesus-on-a-toast pics...


12 posted on 12/09/2011 2:52:34 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: nickcarraway

People can waaaaay over-think these things...


13 posted on 12/09/2011 2:57:13 PM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: nickcarraway

. “How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?”

Maybe because they ain’t there.


14 posted on 12/09/2011 2:57:16 PM PST by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: muawiyah

I was thinking he found out it was a paint by the numbers picture.


15 posted on 12/09/2011 3:04:39 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: ThomasThomas
It's good to know that Charles Schulz cribbed from Shakespeare...

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. [5]

16 posted on 12/09/2011 3:11:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?"

They didn't have the drugs you take?

17 posted on 12/09/2011 3:18:44 PM PST by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: nickcarraway
This is quite interesting. I don't see everything he sees but I see some of it.

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.

ML/NJ
18 posted on 12/09/2011 3:28:27 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: JennysCool

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.”


19 posted on 12/09/2011 3:28:27 PM PST by Argus
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To: nickcarraway

“BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE”


20 posted on 12/09/2011 3:29:18 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Mona Lisa with a Head Code ping.


21 posted on 12/09/2011 3:30:58 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oops! 21 was for you!


22 posted on 12/09/2011 3:31:46 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: nickcarraway

I didn’t know they had shown the Mona Lisa in “Highlights” magazine.


23 posted on 12/09/2011 3:33:23 PM PST by ChiefJayStrongbow
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To: nickcarraway

A man I know found a secret code in his peanut butter sandwich, it appeared just as he was about to add the jelly, he quickly ran to his computer and entered the code, I have sworn not tell what happened next, this was about three years ago.


24 posted on 12/09/2011 3:38:15 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: JennysCool
Actually, I see a mouse in there too.

ML/NJ

25 posted on 12/09/2011 3:45:09 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: nickcarraway

26 posted on 12/09/2011 3:50:31 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: stefanbatory

Hey, learn something new every day!


27 posted on 12/09/2011 4:19:34 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: JoeProBono
Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors

28 posted on 12/09/2011 6:54:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JennysCool; nickcarraway

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks JennysCool for the ping, and nickcarraway for posting this Anamorphosis topic!

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


29 posted on 12/09/2011 6:55:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Proud2BeRight

No but under her left eye it says “The walrus is Paul”.


30 posted on 12/09/2011 8:26:37 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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He did have some tricks up his sleeve, like this superb (and rare) *finished* painting, which is in the National Gallery:

http://www.davincibio.org/images/gallery1/ginevra_l.jpg

http://www.leonardo-da-vinci-biography.com/images/ginevra-de-benci-portrait-underside.jpg


31 posted on 12/09/2011 9:10:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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