Hidden Numbers in Mona Lisa Could Be Reference to Picture’s Setting

January 10, 2011

(ChattahBox World News)—Art historians have long believed that the background in Leonard Da Vinci’s famous painting Mona Lisa is a composite landscape from the artist’s imagination, but a new theory suggests that the area is the village of Bobbio in northern Italy, the UK Telegraph reports.

Carla Glori, author of the new book “The Leonardo Enigma,” believes that the numbers “7” and “2,” which are concealed in the stone bridge behind Mona Lisa, refer to 1472, the year Bobbio’s bridge was destroyed, the Telegraph notes. Although Da Vinci was from Vinci, Tuscany, it is well-known that he traveled extensively, but others aren’t convinced that the painting refers to Bobbio—or that it features numbers at all.

Some art experts have suggested that the “hidden symbols” in the painting, including the numbers “7” and “2” are actually cracks that have appeared over the artwork since it was painted in the early 1500s, the Telegraph reports.


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