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Are there animals hidden in the Mona Lisa ?

By T.K. Randall
December 10, 2011 · Comment icon 15 comments



Image Credit: Leonardo da Vinci
Artist Ron Piccirillo believes he has uncovered one of the famous painting's many secrets.
Leonardo Da Vinci's most well known and celebrated masterpiece has been studied in great detail by artists for centuries. Piccirillo however believes that he has found something that others have missed, indicating the presence of animals including a lion, an ape, a buffalo and a crocodile in the image. Historians have been quick to criticise his findings, citing the cryptic nature of his conclusions and the fact that after all this time nobody has noticed anything like it before.
The Mona Lisa has puzzled viewers for over 500 years with her enigmatic smile. . . but has her coy grin only been a distraction for Da Vinci's real mystery? Is the Mona Lisa surrounded by animals? Rochester artist Ron Piccirillo thinks he has brought the 500-year old secret to light.


Source: Huffington Post | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Swadwa 11 years ago
There must be a hidden meaning... now let's spend a lot of time and money to discover the religious connotation... or just start worshiping animals now. Your choice.
Comment icon #7 Posted by bulveye 11 years ago
I'll have one of what the 'artist' that spotted the 'animals' had please! I might only take a half though.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Nightpath 11 years ago
Kind of overlooking the obvious. When he states he sees an ape, he appears to be outlining a gorilla. That's just fantastic, seeing as they were only legend until the mid 1800's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla
Comment icon #9 Posted by SAmbag 11 years ago
Kind of overlooking the obvious. When he states he sees an ape, he appears to be outlining a gorilla. That's just fantastic, seeing as they were only legend until the mid 1800's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla haha, that's great I'm seein' more of a baboon though
Comment icon #10 Posted by B'Elanna 11 years ago
He seems to be seeing some very childish, blobby animals; and for you to see what he's seeing he has to explain it to you. Seriously, Leonardo painted because he was inspired to do so and he was a GENIUS! He would be insulted by all this crap.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Cynical Sounds 11 years ago
Reading that man's website. He sees to see what he is looking to see or looking into things WAY too much. I get the impression he's a boob. +1 its just pareidolia well he's got his career boost out of it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by SAmbag 11 years ago
Welp, this guy is really trying to cash in on this publicity. He is finding animals everywhere in Da Vinci. Here's his website. http://www.thehiddenhorsehead.com/ Reading the guy's blog I came to realize that he really, really bugs me. I wouldn't mind so much if he were a little bit more humble about it, but he is just so arrogant about the whole thing. He reports these ambiguous images he's seeing as fact. Despite the fact that experts are tending to disagree with him, he still treats himself as some sort of prodigy who made a new "discovery." In his own words.
Comment icon #13 Posted by puckmomma 11 years ago
Da Vinci is a Genius, He has hidden encoded messages, pictures, symbols all over all his paintings. Maybe this guy really is seeing something. You look at a cloud in the sky and you see a puppy, the person next to you don't see it till you point it out. Is it really there or just an interpretaion. I say good for this guy thinking outside the box maybe he did discover a new mystery and how crazy intelligent Leonardo was.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sensible Logic 11 years ago
Welp, this guy is really trying to cash in on this publicity. He is finding animals everywhere in Da Vinci. Here's his website. http://www.thehiddenhorsehead.com/ Reading the guy's blog I came to realize that he really, really bugs me. I wouldn't mind so much if he were a little bit more humble about it, but he is just so arrogant about the whole thing. He reports these ambiguous images he's seeing as fact. Despite the fact that experts are tending to disagree with him, he still treats himself as some sort of prodigy who made a new "discovery." In his own words. Yes as others like him have don... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by ronny22 11 years ago
god wasted my time for nothing this is sooo pointless


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