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Real "Da Vinci Code" Found in Mona Lisa

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist

Italian art experts have found tiny symbols painted into the eyes of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous "Mona Lisa" portrait, leading many to speculate about the message the artist may have been trying to convey. You can view more details here for to become best artist.

Fox News is reporting that experts at the National Committee for Cultural Heritage in Italy have found tiny letters and numbers in the eyes of the Mona Lisa, a 500 year-old masterpiece of Leonardi Da Vinci. The images were seen by magnifying high resolution images of the eyes.

"In the right right eye appears to be the letters LV, which could well stand for his name," said art historian Silvano Vinceti.

"In the left eye there are also symbols. It is difficult to make them out but they appear to be the letters C and E or B. To the naked eye the symbols are not visible but with a magnifying glass they are clearly seen. We know Da Vinci used symbols so we are confident that they are a message from him."

Some are speculating that the message may be about the identity of the famously unnamed subject of the painting.

The mystery recalls the plot of the 2003 hit movie "The Da Vinci Code" in which author Dan Brown contrived an elaborate plot about how hidden messages in Da Vinci's "Last Supper" revealed secrets about Jesus alleged marriage to Mary Magdalen and how the Vatican tried to cover it up.

Vinceti said they decided to examine the portrait after one of their committee members, Luigi Borgia, found a book in an antique shop that described how the eyes of the "Mona Lisa" were filled with secret signs.

During the ensuring investigation, historians also found what appears to be either the number 72, or the letter L and a 2, painted into a bridge in the background of the famous portrait.

"We are only at the start of this investigation and we hope to be able to dig deeper into this mystery and reveal further details as soon as possible," Vinceti said.

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