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Originally posted by Earthscum
What's bugging me is that artists have had magnifying glasses to this painting for so long, and nobody else has realized it? An artist would have been able to easily distinguish some writing from a brush stroke. That's what you are doing, is actually studying the brush strokes, how each color blended into the load on each bristle, how the brush was swashed to bled colors.
Other than that, this is awesome!
“I can’t offer any comment on the scientific value of this 'finding' since the scientific basis to support it are missing,” Carlo Pedretti, the world's leading scholar in Leonardo studies, told Discovery News.
“Under the microscope, the eyes of the original Mona Lisa -- not those appearing in magnifying high-resolution images -- do not present any cryptic sign, such as numbers or letters, but only the craquelure (or cracking) also visible to the naked eye,” Pedretti, who heads the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said.
Alessandro Vezzosi, the director of the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan town of Vinci, where Leonardo was born in 1452, agrees.
“Scientific tests such as non-invasive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy have revealed many interesting features, but certainly no letters and numbers,” Vezzosi told Discovery News.
“People are so fascinated by this painting that they can see everything in it,” said Vezzosi, the curator of a traveling exhibition called “Mona Lisa Is Naked,” which explores the impact of the enigmatic lady on art while gathering portraits of a half-naked women with clear links to the famous (and clothed) Mona Lisa.
Originally posted by Section31
Originally posted by Nameless Hussy
...72 virgins, 72 is also how many conspired with Set to kill Osiris...
Leonardo was not interested in Islam or other religions. He was mostly interested and loyal to Catholicism and Christianity.edit on 13-12-2010 by Section31 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Section31His name is Leonardo da Vinci not LD.
Leonardo's use of symbols came in the form of objects, colors, body language, and religious artifacts. As a result of his sister being a nun, Leonardo was able to get commissioned work from the Vatican. Even though he had some reservations about the church, da Vinci did not pass up a chance to be creative. He was mostly interested in capturing the human form, biblical scripture, and still life projects.
Outside of his personal feeling being injected into paintings, you will not find anything secretly 'coded' within his works.
Leonardo Da Vinci explored the human body involving in the ratios of the lengths of various body parts. He called this ratio the "divine proportion" and featured it in many of his paintings.
Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the human body emphasised its proportion. The ratio of the following distances is the Golden Ratio:
(foot to navel) : (navel to head)
Similarly, buildings are more attractive if the proportions used follow the Golden Ratio
"...no human inquiry can be called science unless it pursues its path through mathematical exposition and demonstration." -Leonardo Da Vinci
'Mona Lisa' Decoded - ABC News
"Art historians are most curious to know how da Vinci created the painting's soft, slightly misty look.
The technique is known as "sfumato" -- borrowing from the Italian word for "smoke" -- and it adds to the painting's air of mystery.
So far, the researchers concede, da Vinci has kept his secrets.
They can tell he applied layers of translucent color on top of each other, something many other painters have tried to copy.
But just how did he do it?
Even with the laser scanner's power -- able to show details smaller than the width of a human hair -- they see no brush strokes, and none of da Vinci's fingerprints.
In other works of his, it is clear that he sometimes applied paint with his fingertips.
Most painters also leave clear evidence of brush strokes. Not da Vinci, and not on the "Mona Lisa."
The subject of the painting is said to be a young woman from Florence, Italy, named Lisa Gherardini, wife of a merchant named Francesco de Giocondo.
The "Mona Lisa" is sometimes known as "La Gioconda."
The Canadian researchers say they still have a great deal of work to do to interpret the data from their scan."