Key to "Mona Lisa" Mysteries is in Her Eyes, Says Researcher

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:40pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 8:03am

ROME— In a real-life scene “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown probably never dreamed of, Leonardo Da Vinci's famous “La Gioconda” or “the Mona Lisa” has revealed a few secrets.

In late 2010, a researcher said that there were hidden numbers and letters throughout the painting.

Wednesday, Italian researcher Stefania Romano said the key to solving the mystery behind this famous painting is within her eyes.

Romano said she and a group of historians had found the letter “S” in the Mona Lisa's left eye and the letter “L” in her right eye. The group also said the number “72” was found under the arched bridge in the background of the painting.

Romano said the symbols will open new leads to identifying the famously unknown model as well as finding a real date to when the the painting was created. Romano also said these mysterious letters and numbers could also be a link to Da Vinci's interest in religion and mysticism.

Theories of “The Mona Lisa” are that the painting is really a self-portrait of Da Vinci dressed as a woman, that Mona Lisa is really a man— and possibly Da Vinci's love interest, or that Mona Lisa is actually a painting of Lisa Gherardina, the wife of wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo.

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