10 SECRET MESSAGES Hidden in Famous Paintings!

 10 SECRET MESSAGES Hidden in Famous Paintings! 

From mysterious numbers encoded by the most famous artist of all time to an effective middle-finger in a religious masterpiece,  today we look at 10 Secret Messages Hidden in Famous Paintings.

 10-Hidden Hymn   

One of the world’s most analyzed paintings  still holds secrets we are just now discovering.  Painted between 1494 and 1498, Leonardo DaVinci’s  depiction of Jesus Christ’s "Last Supper"  has even been the premise for Hollywood’s  "The DaVinci Code," the fictional plot of  which revolves around the mysterious codes purportedly hidden in this very famous work. In real life, Giovanni Maria Pala, a 45-year-old  musician and computer technician from Lecce,  Italy, has uncovered a musical composition,  based on the placement of the loaves of bread  and the position of Jesus and the Apostles’  hands in the picture.  By superimposing the five lines of the musical  staff over the painting, Giovanni was able  to see a harmonic musical structure.  Other elements of the image gave him clues  to the rhythm of the piece.  Giovanni describes the music as sounding like  a requiem, a solemn composition for the dead.  A telling bit of evidence that DaVinci intended this as a secret code is that the music must be read from right to left, in just the same unique way that Leonardo wrote in mirror image for his secret diaries. 
9-Secret Brain

In is teens, Michelangelo wanted so much to depict the human figure accurately that he began exhuming corpses from the church graveyard.  He would dissect them to draw their parts from life, so to speak.  He later destroyed all his records and sketches,  but he left his anatomical knowledge for us  to decode in his greatest accomplishment,  the Sistine Chapel.  Michelangelo encoded an anatomically correct  representation of the human brain into the  central fresco panel of his "God Creating  Adam" Sistine Chapel painting, behind and  surrounding the image of God reaching out  to touch Adam’s finger.  The outline of the brain is here, and the  brain’s components, such as the cerebellum,  pituitary gland, and optic chiasm are all  depicted using the folds and wrinkles in God’s cloak.  It is all there, just as a young Michelangelo would have seen for himself in his churchyard cadavers.  What message is Michelangelo’s code sending?  Is God granting Adam intelligence in addition to life?  Is Adam creating God through his brain?  We can’t ask Michelangelo so unfortunately, we'll never know.  

8-Madonna, Child, and UFO  

An intriguing painting entitled "The Madonna with Saint Giovanni" is thought to have been painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio, a contemporary of Botticelli.  Born in Florence, he lived from 1448-1494,  during the Italian Renaissance.  Michelangelo himself was once an apprentice in Ghirlandaio’s shop.  "The Madonna with Saint Giovanni" is a rather  typical Madonna image, with Our Lady kneeling,  hands together in supplication to an infant on the ground, the infant protected from the floor by  Madonna’s red gown.  Into this ordinary, worshipful scene is injected what appears to be a flying object in the sky.  It has mass, shape, and substance.  There are structural details on the object’s surface.  In modern times, like now, the first thing  we must ask ourselves is: "is it a spaceship?"  The mystery object is artistically positioned to be noticed.  It is centered in the top right quarter of the painting, just behind the Madonna, perfectly framed.  The viewer’s eye is instinctively drawn to it, as though it is the most important object in the picture.  If so, what is the meaning of this code?  Some suggest space aliens; others are more likely to think it is an awkward portrayal of a star or other heavenly body. 
7-Allegory of Spring 

In 1482, during the Italian Renaissance, Sandro  Botticelli created what has been called one of the most controversial paintings in history,  his Allegory of Spring, known as Primavera.  Commissioned by a wealthy and powerful Medici family, the painting is now in the Uffizi  Galleria in Florence, Italy.  The immense work resembles a kind of Flemish tapestry popular during the period.  Presented in the piece are nine near life-sized mythological gods and goddesses gathered in a fruit grove.  Zephyrus grasps a fleeing and fecund Chloris  — the goddess of Spring — looking back in fright.  Cupid points his bow and arrow at a trio of dancing Graces, dressed in sheer white veils.  Young Mercury stands guard with his sword.  Flora, with a flowered dress, walks through the idyllic crowd with a wistful look.  Venus, the tall, central figure in blue, gazes introspectively as the action circles around her.  Philosophically, the Medici were Neoplatonists.  Their belief was that Venus ruled over divine love.  They viewed her as a classical equivalent to the Virgin Mary regarding what we call holy or platonic love, as opposed to carnal love.  This is coded in the painting by the framing of Venus in the center, as in an altar.  Meanwhile, in the background of the image,  the attention to horticultural detail is astounding.  The scene accurately portrays over 500 scientifically identified species of plants, including 190  different species of flowers, 130 species of which have been identified by name.  The time spent encoding these plants so carefully into this work clearly shows intent to pass  along an important message to someone.  Who? 
6-Supper In The Café 

Vincent Van Gogh’s "Café Terrace at Night,"  painted in 1888, reveals on the surface a  simple outdoor French restaurant with seated guests and a central server.  It is a starry night, and the plaza has little traffic.  The bright yellow and orange café is mostly empty, save for the 12 patrons.  12?  Upon closer examination, the server appears to have long hair.  Off to the left, halfway out the door, is a dark figure, escaping the scene.  Jared Baxter, researcher, and lecturer, reads  these codes as being an intentional tribute  to Da Vinci’s "Last Supper," with Jesus  — wearing a white tunic — serving the  12 Apostles, and with Judas leaving the scene to betray Jesus to the Romans.  Further analysis of the image shows the existence of multiple crosses, including one prominent cross figure in the large window just behind the server.  The painting’s artistic style is now known  as "Sacred Realism."  Two weeks after painting the "Café," Van  Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about his "terrible  need for — dare I say the word — for religion."  He worked to encode religious symbolism into his art throughout his entire career.  
5-Giving A Fig

To"give someone the fig" is an obscene gesture equivalent to the middle finger in America.  It shows a severe lack of respect.  Michelangelo coded "the fig" itself into the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Pope Julius II engaged Michelangelo to design and construct his Pope-worthy tomb in 1505.  It was a monumental task that would end up taking 40 years.  Michelangelo began the job, spent a year importing  marble, produced over 40 statues; then Pope  Julius stopped paying him.  Michelangelo was quite angry and felt very disrespected, but he continued.  Even as he remained working on the Pope’s  tomb without pay, it was Julius II who commissioned  Michelangelo to paint the ceiling frescoes  of the Sistine Chapel.  They argued.  They fought.  They disagreed.  But in the end, Michelangelo consented to design and paint the ceiling of the Sistine  Chapel.  But there remained unsettling matters between the two men.  Michelangelo had some thoughts about how to handle the situation.  A tantalizing idea involved the image of the  Prophet Zechariah, accompanied by two angels over his left shoulder.  As the Prophet Zechariah reads a book, rendered  by Michelangelo as a life-like portrait of  Pope Julius II, one of the two angels behind him puts his right arm around the other angel’s shoulder, drops his right index finger down,  and sticks his thumb in between his index finger and his middle finger.  This hand gesture is what is known as "giving  the fig."  It was as clear to others back then as "giving the finger" is now.  But Michelangelo’s artistic genius makes the gesture as subtle as a gentle breeze.  If Pope Julius ever noticed, he didn’t mention it publicly or in his writing.  As far as we know, Michelangelo got paid for the Sistine Chapel. 

4-El Autobus

In 1925, Frida Kahlo was impaled on a metal handrail when a bus in which she was riding crashed head-on into a trolly car.  A blue-collar worker pulled the metal rail from her body.  Her artwork often suggested that merely surviving that horrible accident was a miracle.  She suffered ever afterward.  Kahlo’s "El Autobus" portrays five adults and one child on a bus.  They are seated on a bench side by side, facing the viewer, except the child, a boy, kneeling and facing backward out the window.  There is nothing remarkable about this scene,  but it is captivating.  The mood is striking.  It is not ominous.  It is peaceful.  Ordinary.  Normal.  In moments from this peaceful scene some of  them will be torn apart forever.  Is that her secret message?  
3-Crossroads Of Control

Mexican artist and muralist Diego Rivera held a successful retrospective in 1931 which led to several works, including one in New York  City.  In 1933, the Rockefeller Center commissioned  "Man at the Crossroads," and it was immediately controversial.  Rivera had created a work that featured communist  Vladimir Lenin in a central role.  Wealthy American capitalist — and Rivera’s  patron — Nelson Rockefeller, Jr., demanded  of Rivera that Lenin be removed from the unfinished  mural on Rockefeller Center’s walls.  Rivera refused.  Rockefeller paid Rivera in full for his work on the incomplete project and dismissed him,  then destroyed the mural.  But Rivera wasn’t finished.  Less than ten months after Rockefeller’s  destruction of "Man at the Crossroads," Rivera  unveiled an enormous 15.75’ x 37.5’ mural  entitled "Man, Controller of the Universe"  at the opening of the Museo del Palacio de  Bellas Artes in Mexico City.  The mural, completed in 1934, still survives today.  Again, Rivera’s new mural compares and contrasts the politics of communism and capitalism through the use of images, iconography, and symbolism.  In this mural, the worker is central to the composition and the message.  Resurrected are Lenin, Trotsky, and Marx.  Where it gets personal is in his portrayal of the capitalistic wealthy, represented by  Nelson Rockefeller, Jr., himself.  Rockefeller, a married man who didn’t drink,  is seen in a bar with alcohol, associating with a woman, and pictured with a dish of syphilis bacteria floating above his head.  Diego Rivera’s codes are easy to decipher.  

In 1559, on a panel only 3.8 feet by 5.3 feet  Pieter Bruegel the Elder set out to encode the folly of the world.  Using oils, Bruegel painted at least 112 recognizable,  literal illustrations of Dutch idioms and proverbs.  Flemish proverb illustration collections were  popular for over a century before Bruegel  created his largest work on the subject, most  well-known as "Netherlandish Proverbs."  We still use many of these proverbs and idioms today, translated into English.  Picture "swimming against the tide."  Bruegel painted exactly that.  Or, "banging one’s head against the wall."  He illustrated that, too.  "Armed to the teeth."  "The die is cast."  Some well-known phrases, such as from the  Bible, are not translated exactly, such as  "casting roses before swine."  Other phrases are simply lost in translation,  like "the herring doesn’t fry here," meaning  "it’s not going according to plan."  It is nearly impossible for a modern English speaker to derive this meaning from the literal depiction on the painting today.  But the code is still there to be broken.  Other codes depicted require knowledge of contemporary customs and traditions.  One alternate title for the "Netherlandish  Proverbs" is "The Blue Cloak," a story about  a man who places a blue cloak upon his wife on horseback, indicating to the village that she is cuckolding him.  Another idiom of the time is "to marry under the broomstick," which means to live together without the sanctity of marriage.  To trick someone is to "shave the fool without  lather," and to be in terrible distress is  to "run like one’s backside is on fire."  So, don’t "gaze at the stork" and waste your time.  Try to "kill two flies with one stroke" and  be efficient so that you don’t "fall from  the ox onto the rear end of a donkey."  That means hard times. 
1-Paint By Numbers   

The artistic King of Codes -- Leonardo Da  Vinci -- seems to have hidden secrets almost everywhere in almost all of his pictures.  In this case, a microscope is required to read the codes hidden in one of the most famous and enigmatic paintings in the world.  Art historians say they have found tiny letters  and numerals inside the very eyes of the "Mona  Lisa."  Her right eye must be magnified many times  over to see the letters "LV."  Zoom in on her left eye to see various symbols,  not clearly defined, possibly "B" or "CE."  Appearing on a bridge arch behind Mona Lisa  seems to be the number "72," although some  say it could be "L2."  The 500-year age of the painting doesn't make  it any easier to see the various markings,  but Silvano Vinceti, President of Italy's  National Committee for Cultural Heritage,  is "confident they are not a mistake and were  put there by the artist."  But for what purpose?  And for whom? 
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