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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 209 ARTISTIC ODDITIES

The da Vinci... Horse Picture?

NOT QUITE A SECRET MESSSAGE, BUT CLOSE

 

Did Leonardo da Vinci leave secret messages on the backs of his paintings? Is there a map to a treasure the Vatican is dying to keep secret behind the Mona Lisa? Maybe not, but in 2008 curators at the Louvre discovered some previously unknown sketches on the back of one of his paintings, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. What did they find, you ask? Some hidden message, map, or code to be cracked? Actually, they found three sketches: a skull, a horse, and baby Jesus with a lamb.

 

While this may not be mystery-thriller novel material, it’s ...

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