Ron Piccirillo was sitting in front of the computer. He was looking at the most famous painting of all time. However, he completely ignored the statistics on it. He actually tried to drink in his background with his eyes. The man frowned. The mouse clicked an arrow and rotated the image 90 degrees. “Oh my god,” he breathed. “I have it!”
The portrait artist and amateur painter were inspired to study the Mona Lisa and da Vinci’s diaries. “In them I came across surprising passages that referred to animals and suggested that the work was a picture within a picture.”
Ron is sure that anyone can find the heads of lions, monkeys and unicorns floating in the air. Just change the pattern and let your imagination run wild. But for what purpose did Leonardo include animal representatives in the background of the Mona Lisa? “La Giocondaje is really a representation of jealousy,” Piccirillo claims.
Mona Lisa and animals
The artist believes that important indicators can be identified in the painting, corresponding to da Vinci’s writings about jealousy in his diaries. “The shadow of the eyes and nose should be such as to indicate that the figure is wounded by the laurel and the myrtle. The snake is biting at his heart.”
There is also a passage in the painter’s writings which is said to say: “Give him the skin of a leopard, because this creature only kills lions by trickery.” “All these animals and others are found in the Mona Lisa,” the graphic designer rejoices.
However, Brown University art history professor Evelyn Lincoln is skeptical of this claim. “Although Leonardo worked with symbols, I don’t see any mention of jealousy,” he says. “Also, his diaries were composed artistically after his death. So we cannot take them as important sources.
Secrets of the Mona Lisa
The problem is also that the painting is already damaged by the ravages of time and has a number of cracks. The visible animal heads can only be a trick of the human mind, just as we recognize different shapes and figures in the clouds.
However, Piccirillo is convinced of his theory. “I have seen hidden references in the works of Titian and Raphael, as well as in the Sistine Chapel. If you know how to look for them you will find them. It’s just perception.”
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