How the Mona Lisa and Stendhal Syndrome are Connected

To give his works that work dreamy quality, specialists found that da Vinci painted up to 30 layers of paint to meet his standards of subtlety.

Just when you thought the quintessential Renaissance man, Leonard Da Vinci couldn’t get any smarter…

(Telegraph) Mona Lisa painting ‘contains hidden code’

Art historians are probing a real life Da Vinci Code style mystery after discovering tiny numbers and letters painted into the eyes of the artist’s enigmatic Mona Lisa painting.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece has long been steeped in mystery, and even today the true identity of the woman with the alluring smile still far from certain.

Now members of Italy‘s National Committee for Cultural Heritage have revealed that by magnifying high resolution images of the Mona Lisa’s eyes letters and numbers can be seen. “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.

(Find out more here about the codes in his painitng)

On a side note, last May a Russian tourist caused a security threat when she threw a mug at the Mona Lisa (one she bought from the souvenir shop earlier).

The woman was held in custody, to undergo a psychological examination. Read below to see her diagnosis!

(Telegraph) Woman attacks Mona Lisa

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Doctors were trying to assess whether she was suffering from Stendhal Syndrome, a rare condition in which often perfectly sane individuals momentarily lose all reason and attack a work of art.

In July last year, a 32-year-old woman wearing lipstick kissed a painting by the American artist Cy Twombly on display in Avignon, leaving left a large red smudge. She was sentenced to community work. At the Orsay Museum in Paris the previous year, a man ripped a hole in a painting by impressionist Claude Monet.

The last attack on a work of art at the Louvre was in 1998, when a mathematics professor and calm family man suddenly attacked a statue of the Roman philosopher Seneca with a hammer.

(See the original article here)

Also see “If a Man Really Wanted to Make a Million Dollars… and Star’s Song Captured by Scientists

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