Mona Lisa Actually Does Contain Hidden Symbols, Art Experts Say
December 13, 2010
France (ChattahBox World News)—The popular book The DaVinci Code suggested that symbols placed throughout Leonardo DaVinci’s works, including the Mona Lisa, offer secret meanings—but a new discovery indicates that DaVinci actually did hide codes in the Mona Lisa, the UK Telegraph reports. By holding a magnifying glass up to the picture—known as the most famous painting in the world—art historians were able to find specific symbols.
Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage announced that the images hidden in the Mona Lisa’s eyes reveal the letters “LV” (believed to be DaVinci’s initials) as well as other symbols. However, additional research will have to be undertaken to elucidate the exact symbols in the painting, since the 500-year-old work is not as sharp as it once was, the Telegraph notes.
The discovery was made after a member of the Committee recently came upon an old book in an antique shop in which the author noted that he was researching symbols in the Mona Lisa’s eyes. Further investigation showed that the book was indeed accurate, leading the Committee members to travel to Paris’s Louvre Museum, where the Mona Lisa is displayed, to examine the painting further, the Telegraph reports.