Just the other day we received news reports that an Italian art-historian named Silvano Vinceti had made an incredible discovery when examining the
Mona Lisa painting using a simple magnifying glass.
According to this "expert", he managed to easily find what appeared to be symbols and/or characters hidden within the left and right eye of the
painting. As he stated:
To the naked eye the symbols are not visible but with a magnifying glass they can clearly be seen ..."
Now the fact that he claims
to have achieved such a stupendous feat using nothing more than a magnifying glass
immediately had my BS
meter swing full over and hit a solid 100%.
Even more amazing was that in the entire 400+ year period of the paintings existence, with 100's of art experts examining literally every square
millimeter of the painting at one time or another, that not one of them had noticed the existence of any kind of hidden addition by DaVinci within the
eyes. And yet this guy pulls out his trusty magnifying glass and immediately finds them !
Putting aside my incredulity for a few mins, let's bring in some common sense and try to make sense of this "claim".
I've had the good fortune to visit the Louvre and stand within a couple of meters of the worlds most famous painting .. and truthfully, was quite
surprised that the painting was in fact much smaller than I had imagined.
Also, the painting is surrounded by guards and placed behind a clear plexiglass protective screen. Flash photography is prohibited due to the
potential degradation/fading of the pigment that may be caused by the intense light flashes.
So the 1st thing that surprised me was that the Louvre custodians even granted permission for him to front up to the painting and whip out his trusty
magnifying glass. Of course, this may have actually happened but nowhere has a reason been given for such an examination having taken place. And I
would assume that to be allowed to come within touching distance of the Mona Lisa, a damn good reason had better be provided.
The next bit of head scratching is why he even needed to physically examine the painting.
Over the years, the Louvre's own art historians and renovators would have examined every square millimeter of the painting. In the process, I'm
certain that very high resolution scans and photographs would have been made. The purpose of this would be to allow the magnification of any part of
the painting to determine the degree of degradation and to determine the best method of restoration. In fact, these high resolution images would give
much greater detail information than just eye-balling the painting itself.
So as far as I'm concerned, if there was any hidden code or characters anywhere
within the painting, then they would have been spotted by
someone, sometime, over the hundreds of years that the painting has been under scrutiny by the worlds art experts ... especially if all it took was a
Now what would it take to "hide" codes within the eyes ? How would DaVinci go about doing this ?
The 1st assumption is that it's a painting and so DaVinci would have in most likelihood have used paint to "write or draw" the codes.
The 2nd assumption is that to make them "invisible" to anyone looking at the painting, the codes or characters would have to be very small. In
DaVinci's time, a magnifying glass would have been "state of the art" and the ONLY
way that he could see the codes as he was painting them ...
yet have them appear very small to the unaided eye.
The 3rd assumption is that the codes would have been painted using a colour that would blend in with the colour of the eye. You certainly wouldn't use
a bright colour such as red, yellow, blue, white, etc but something dark such as brown or black ... definitely a colour in that range to help the code
And finally, you would tend to think that if DaVinci could see these codes with a magnifying glass as he painted them, then it wouldn't be difficult
for anyone else to see them with a magnifying glass even with fading of the paint over the centuries. Certainly if Vinceti could spot them now so
easily, how much easier would it have been to spot them say, 100 or 200 years ago when the paint was fresher and less faded ?
And yet no one did.
Because they don't exist and Vinceti is claiming his "discovery" for some reason known only to himself.
In fact, have any of you even seen these codes ? Has Vinceti publically displayed them ? Or do we have only
his word that they even exist ?
Finally, take a look at the following image of the Mona Lisa's eyes.
I'm predicting that there are "hidden codes" in both eyes.
Can you see them ? They're right there in plain view ... look very closely.
What ? still can't see them ?
Ok, here ... I'll use my magnifying glass to make them obvious.
Well, looks like ATS has been around even longer than any of us imagined ! Perhaps DaVinci was ATS member #1
Oh, and for those of you doubting that I "painted" those codes in each eye, I assure you that they definitely are there in the above "unmagnified"
image of both eyes and only
visible when the eyes are magnified.
edit on 15/12/10 by tauristercus because: (no reason given)