We’ve all seen the images of these masterpieces hundreds of times but very few people know that these pieces of art hold secrets that are not visible to the human eye. As it turns out, artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli as well as more recent ones such as Picasso, have hidden symbols and meanings into their works that we discover today by the use of science.
The Beyond Science YouTube channel has uploaded a video in which it explains 7 of these mysterious secrets that are hidden in famous works of art.
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1. Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”: The artist’s initials (LV) are written in Mona Lisa’s right eye. In addition, the number 72 is marked in the arch of the bridge behind Mona Lisa.
2. Botticelli’s “Primavera”: The famous 1482 painting contains at least 500 different species of plants, all of which have already been identified by botanists and include 190 separate kinds of flowers.
3. Jan van Eyck “Arnolfini Portrait”: The spherical mirror behind the couple reveals two other figures located in the room, one presumably being the artist himself.
4. Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist”: The painting was painted over a previous work so if you look closely at the old man’s neck you can see the obvious outline of a woman’s face.
5. Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”: The positions of the loaves of bread and the Apostles hands when read from right to left (which is Da Vinci’s unique writing style), form a 40 second musical composition echoing a requiem.
6. Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”: The God’s cloud is an accurate representation of the human brain. Even the green sash follows the vertebral artery perfectly.
7. Michelangelo’s detail from the Sistine Chapel: Over the shoulder of the Propher Zacharia, a little angel is giving the big finger to Pope.