posted on Dec, 13 2010 @ 02:35 AM
As an artist and a big fan of DaVinci in particular, I find this quite intriguing. Unfortunately, if this isn't some kind of hoax, I doubt we're going
to find an image online that's detailed enough to show the letters and numbers. As has already been stated, they must be pretty freaking hard to see
considering the popularity of the painting. God knows how many artists and scholars have studied the Mona Lisa and still supposedly overlooked these
I do think this is particularly exciting because it could have a major impact on our interpretation of DaVinci's work and life. Does he have hidden
messages in other paintings? Maybe this is just part of a larger puzzle, or maybe it was common practice for artists in DaVinci's time to hide codes
within their works that only other artists would know to look for. I'm still hesitant without seeing the numbers for myself, but it's pretty
interesting if it's true.
Originally posted by davespanners
Isn't there also a problem that the Mona Lisa has been restored in the past so the paint on the very surface wouldn't be by De Vinci?
I'm not sure how it works but couldn;t the letters and numbers be from some sort of restoration attempt?
I'll be honest, I don't know everything about painting restoration, but from what I do understand, when a painting is restored, it's very rare, if
ever, that new paint is added to the canvass. Oil paintings are finished by putting a clear protective layer of finish or wax over the paint. Over
time, this layer can become scratched, damaged, and yellowed.
When a painting is restored, all that's really being replaced is this protective coating. First the old coat is removed, and then a new coat is
applied. I can't think of why numbers and letters would be necessary in painting restoration, but maybe in some cases they would be useful. Even if
there were a thin layer of new paint added on top of the original, it would be a glaze, which is a very thin transparent layer of paint. Details from
the original would still be visible underneath it.
Just an afterthought (I got a little carried away here): As some others have said, it could just be a signature. Most artists sign and date their
work, but there's always the trouble of finding the right place to put your signature and how to incorporate it into the work. It seems like making a
nearly microscopic signature in the center of your piece would actually be quite clever.
edit on 13-12-2010 by T3hEn1337ened because: Jumped