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Yet Another ‘Mona Lisa’ Mystery

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Posted on Dec 13, 2010
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Just when you thought the “Da Vinci Code” craze had mercifully passed, here comes another potential puzzle hidden in the “Mona Lisa”: Members of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage say they have found symbols embedded in the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic portrait.  —KA

The Telegraph:

“To the naked [eye] the symbols are not visible but with a magnifying glass they can clearly be seen,” said Silvano Vinceti, president of the Committee.

... Mr Vinceti added: “Da Vinci put a special emphasis on the Mona Lisa and we know that in the last years of his life he took the painting with him everywhere—he didn’t like it to leave his side and carried it in a secure case.

“We also know that Da Vinci was very esoteric and used symbols in his work to give out messages and we have examined other paintings and have not found any similar numbers or letters.

“Painters we have spoken to have also said they are unlikely to have been put there by mistake so we are confident that they are a message from Da Vinci and were specifically inserted into the eyes by him.

“What adds to the intrigue is that they are in the pupils, the darkest part of the eyes ... if he had wanted them to be more widely seen then he would have put them into the more visible white parts of the eyes.”

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By magedalin, December 20, 2010 at 4:27 am Link to this comment
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(C E)this was a different news back in 1998 when they found letters on the painting left eye sugessting her name was Carolina just because there were 2 other letters LV( leonardo’s intitials)Its like they are following tips, some one left them clues to solve the mystery and see if they fell in concisely right.
but from reading every other day mystery MAYBE solved piece, i think about a higher dispatch, just for the rapidly results and promptness at saving time, called “get real” use real documents as FAMILY TREES. stop isolating a very near time(1400-1600) from now and today age.
then stop the illusion that fame back then was not any close to how is it today, don’t take us to this SCAM, that names are a mystery from way back in time, way back in time (you are in the zone, go to sleep) and waite don’t try this at home because clues must be hazards science!
not to forget to mention the very important element in all this and its that all those are real people, like us. is it big deal if her name was 100% Noble Europe, or his as so mighty Devinne! MONA LISA combine name was always around she had a lengthy one CIERRA MONA ELISA VICTORIA as for (DA VINCI) we all know now his first name was LEON or LEONARDO. C E is for the royal name monalisa had, was oriental royalty from euro-middle east which she declined and refused, her name as a royal was CIERRA ELISA.why is it ELISA? its becasue in the middle east LISA is also ELISA OR L’ISIS. now you can add it to urban dictionary OJ, JFK, LV, CE…etc
if one wants to get real, i say go to family trees, those were real people, did he paint by numbers or letters? i didn’t hear that was the reason why we found the letters CE, first. now this excuse to dismiss Carolina for her name and go, ooops! no, no!
maybe the method he used is what all those clues are about(painting by letters and numbers) wake up now, and go home think about DaVinci’s clever ways leaving us clues all over his painting maybe we don’t go straight forward to his records and true documents, including his family tree. must be hiding a secret..solon! see you next tiem when the headline goes ”  DAVINCI’S SECRET HE DIDN’T WANT US TO KNOW” are all in his real documents! and i say the secret is to feed his family and hires from all those idiotic studies and the money paid for it.

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By lasmog, December 16, 2010 at 12:17 am Link to this comment

I hope that someone at Truthdig will cover the decision by the LA museum of contemporary art (MOCA) to whitewash over a huge anti-war mural that the museum commissioned an Italian street artist to create.

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By adrienrain, December 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

What a showman, that Da Vinci!

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By RenZo, December 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

Things are not “perfect in Italy” - in fact there are riots breaking out, although my friends have not elucidated the reasons for them. Maybe they are just noisy demonstrations.
But this….
Maybe daVinci Code just got translated into Italian, or Silvano Vinceti, president of the Committee, just read it for the first time. This is hard to believe, isn’t it?

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By felicity, December 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

Actually, in the wad of apple-pie dough sitting in my
bowl recently, I baked an apple-pie for Thanksgiving,
there was a clear representation of the Virgin Mary. 
And, has anyone looked at Whistler’s painting of his
mother lately?  Clearly, it is actually a self-portrait
of the artist, obviously a closet homosexual with an
abnormal fixation on his mother.  (The Norman Bates
character in “Psycho” is actually based on Whistler and
his mother.)

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By Bat Guano, December 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment
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Something truly ‘merciful’ would be not running stories like this one.

I guess Members of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage have nothing better to do. Everything must be perfect in Italy.

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By Queenie, December 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment

I am not naked, therefore I must be able to see them.

They say beware the military industrial complex.

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