One of the most famous painters ever recorded in history is Leonardo da Vinci. With his notable but controversial works like Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, da Vinci often became the subject of criticisms from fellow artists and even to various sectors that were somehow affected by his paintings.
This article will provide everyone with 5 of the most notable mysteries behind some of da Vinci’s paintings as compiled by Brightside.
1.A mistake in the painting Salvator Mundi
You may not see it at first but when you take a closer look, you will notice that the sphere that Jesus is holding is transparent. But, Leonardo, having been able to study the law of optics should have been aware of the fact that the background behind the said crystal sphere cannot appear like it did in the painting. It should have been enlarged or out of focus.
2.A surprising fact about The Last Supper
The famous painting has been a subject of criticism throughout the years. However, there are still a few things that people failed to discover.
According to the legend, da Vinci found his Jesus in the church choir where the latter served as a chorister. Later, when the painting was almost finished, the master could not find anyone for the role of Judas and that’s when he came upon a drunk man lying in a ditch. When da Vinci finished painting the image of Judas, the model confessed that he recognized the painting because he posed for it as Jesus 3 years ago.
3.Another surprising fact about The Last Supper
Upon a closer look at the painting, one would notice that an overturned salt shaker is lying next to Judas. There are theories that say that this can be associated with the belief that spilled salt leads to trouble just like what Judas did to Jesus after this supper.
4. A revelation about The Portrait of Isabella d’Este
Scientists recently found out that the said painting is an artwork of Leonardo da Vinci. This theory was proven with the pigment and primer found in the painting which were identical to the one used by the artist. The painting also resembles Mona Lisa especially her smile.
5. Various versions of Lady with an Ermine
Scientists scanned the said painting and were surprised to find out that at least 2 versions of the portrait were painted on the same canvas before it took on the form we know now. The first version was without the ermine and the second depicted a different animal entirely.
Were you shocked with these revelations?