'Hidden' Signature


Discovering hidden symbols, secret codes, messages and signatures in art and other objects has always intrigued me.

Besides being a gifted artisan, Leonardo da Vinci was also an accomplished musician.  Using rolls and hands in the place of music notes he painted a song into The Last Supper. An Italian musician discovered, when he lined up the rolls on the table and the hands of the Apostles on a standard musical staff, they played a song.

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has a minuscule code hidden in her left eye. Members of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage reported that, when viewed under a microscope, the letters LV are visible in her left eye along with other less-decipherable letters. Also visible is the number 72 on the arch in the background. It remains a mystery as to what these symbols mean.

The shape of the red cloak surrounding God painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is a remarkable, anatomically correct rendering of the shape of the human brain.

Browsing through beach-combing pictures taken at Edisto Beach, SC recently, one of a weathered stump embedded in the sands suddenly caught my attention . . . was that the ‘hidden signature’ of the artisan carved on it?  

I’ve been accused of having an active imagination . . . an enjoyable ‘silver-lining’ of being ADHD 🙂 . Look at this picture and decide for yourself. I’ll identify what stuck me as a signature in the next post.

Hey! . . . it’s a COVID-19 shelter-in-place time activity. Be safe . . . wash your hands . . . and have some fun!

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