Turns out she’s hiding even more than we thought, now that an Italian researcher has uncovered the letters and numbers hidden in her eyes.
Some dismiss this discovery as far-fetched—but I take it seriously—and personally. Because I hold the key to a similar mystery.
Mine doesn’t go back centuries, just decades……to my college graduation when my father commissioned a portrait of me, as a gift.
The artist, Birney Lettick, painted in some surprises..
It’s no big secret that women have more than one side. The bigger secret is that like Leonardo, Lettick added symbols— beyond the rose and butterfly–hidden in the painting itself.
Did Mona Lisa know she concealed her own mystery? I knew, but Lettick told me it was meant to be secret. So I didn’t tell; and it’s so subtle, no one noticed.
Now that Leonardo’s secret is out, I figure it’s safe to reveal mine.
Besides, Birney Lettick assumed I would share it someday…. telling my children and grandchildren about the tiny letters inside the circles on the butterfly’s right wing.
If you look closely you can see them: D-A-V-I- D….the name of the artist’s son, my college boyfriend.
As an artist, Birney Lettick’s vision was impeccable; but his vision didn’t extend to the future. Still, even without a romantic ending, I love that my portrait has something in common with the Mona Lisa.