Ron Piccirillo Mona Lisa

December 6, 2011 by staff 

Ron Piccirillo Mona Lisa, AN artist claims to have cracked a 500-year-old mystery of the Mona Lisa after spotting secret images hidden in the famous painting. Ron Piccirillo, 37, says he found the heads of a lion, an ape and a buffalo hovering near the head of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic creation after turning the painting on its side. He also discovered what looked like a crocodile or snake coming out of the left-hand side of her body. Ron, a painter and graphic designer, made his discoveries after following instructions laid out in da Vinci’s journals.

And he claims the painting is a representation of envy — one of the seven deadly sins. Ron’s theory follows dozens about the lady with the enigmatic smile — finished around 1519 — and will be extremely controversial among art critics. But Ron has gone even one step further and claimed he has found similar hidden images in the works of other Renaissance painters like Titian, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Ron said he made his discovery after turning the Mona Lisa on its side to get a fresh perspective on the painting.

It was at that point that he noticed the lion’s head hovering in the air above her head.

Ron said: “Then I noticed the buffalo and I thought, ‘Oh my God.’

“I realised I was really on to something. I just could not believe what I was looking at. I realised, ‘This is what I’ve been looking for.’

“I spent the next two months poring over da Vinci’s journals and came across the passage on envy which for me sums up what this is about.

“The Mona Lisa is a depiction of envy. It’s amazing because everyone thought that da Vinci never wrote about the Mona Lisa, but now it appears that he did.”

The passage in question makes reference to the lion’s head when it talks about how an artist trying to paint envy must “give her a leopard’s skin, because this creature kills the lion out of envy and by deceit”.

Ron also said one passage explained the Mona Lisa’s awkward bend of her right hand. It said: “Envy must be represented with a contemptuous motion of the hand towards heaven, because if she could she would use her strength against God.”

The shading around her eyes and nose, which resemble a palm tree, explains the line: “Show her as wounded in the eye by a palm branch and by an olive-branch, and wounded in the ear by laurel and myrtle, to signify that victory and truth are odious to her.”

Ron said: “It is beyond coincidence to have identified these hidden images after finding references to them in Leonardo’s own writings.”

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