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The Hidden Meanings and Mistakes Behind Leonardo da Vinci’s Paintings

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If you ever believed that art is 100% self-explanatory, you are very much mistaken. Art is what you make it to be and what the artist makes it to be. It may contain certain pieces of information that are perceived the same from everyone, but no one will ever fully inderstand what the artist had in mind when creating a certain piece of art. Since the artists themselves are not here to explain their work, the only thing we have is interpretations that have fractions of truth inside them. And no mater how many years and centuries go by, we will still keep discovering new truths about some of the most famous paintings in the history of art. This is the beauty and magic of being an artist. Keeping the public interested in your work for centuries is something that only a true genious can achieve.

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1. Jesus’s sphere is transparent, when da Vinci, who had studied the laws of optics, should know that the background should be enlarged and out of focus.

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2. It’s been said that the man who posed for Jesus posed for Judas as well, since da Vinci couldn’t find the perfect person for the role of the latter.

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3. The spilled salt shaker probably is there to show that trouble is coming, since it’s that moment that Jesus will say that someone will betray him.

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4. The smile and a specific pigment and primer that da Vinci used were the two reasons that art experts said that this portrait must have been done by the artist.

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5. The Lady with the Ermine surprised scientists with what it showed after being scanned.

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6. Pascal Cotte using reflective light technology found that the artist made three different paintings that each depicted a differed image.

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7. Primavera by Botticelli is not just an ode to nature, but a plot against the Medici and an attempt to reconcile the ideals of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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8. The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck hides an image of the artist himself inside the mirror raising his hand and greeting his viewers.

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As you can see, there will always be one small detail and piece of information that will be waiting for our recognition, with the artist winking his eye on us for finally finding his little secret.

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