The Mona Lisa Mystery Code
The curiosity generally focuses on the lazy, sly smile of the famous shadowy work. But now, the Mona Lisa is at the center of another mystery after curators had a new, closer look at the artwork and discovered a new/old riddle.
Hidden in brown eyes are tiny letters and numbers put there apparently by Leonardo da Vinci and rediscovered only just now with the help of a magnifying glass and some clues. The letters are not visible to the naked eye but can be read fairly clearly with a magnifying glass. Apparently, a member of Italy’s Cultural Heritage Committee found a reference to the letters in an old book in an antique book store and suggested that someone have a look.
Written in the right eye are what seems to be the letters L and V. No big mystery here, those are probably just the artist’s initials but you never know. On the left side is written C and E, or maybe C and B. Also, written in part of the bridge behind Mona is either an L or a 7 and also the number 2. Investigators think that the letters are authentic and part of the original painting.
So there is a real da Vinci Code but it hardly looks like enough information to point to us to the location of the Holy Grail or provide any concrete message so far. Some more detective work will need to be done to draw any conclusions on this one. Da Vinci was particular about the painting taking it with him wherever he went towards the end of his life. Among many things, the genius Renaissance man was known for using cryptography to encrypt some of his writings so a little riddle from the master comes as no surprise.
Perhaps we will still learn more about it. Some people have suggested that da Vinci painted himself as a woman in the Mona Lisa. Other clue seekers have done a good deal of analysis on the geometry of the painting, as the painting appears to use the Golden Ratio or Phi. Recently, a high-resolution scan of one of his other works, The Last Supper, revealed a few more details in the painting. We can only hope for more intriguing details to surface in the future.
Here’s an excellent story about how the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911.