Recent studies on the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world, have illuminated new details that have never been noticed. Observing the work carefully, you can clearly see a monster that emerges from the branch of the river in the background. Why has he never been noticed before now? Some experts claim that the creature was probably mistaken for a mountain, some even continue to deny its presence. In fact it is a frightening detail, that our eye tries not to notice it. But now it can’t be neglected even by the most skeptical.
Seeing the masterpiece from this new point of view, we note that this is the same Gioconda but a little bit less joyful. She looks visibly worried about the imminent danger – the threat coming from the river in the background.
Why did Leonardo include this element in his painting, anticipating the fantasy genre a few centuries ago? From here on, we can only put forward some hypothesis. Mona Lisa, the only painting that Leonardo always took with him. The artist transformed himself into a work of art, entering the picture in the background and converted himself into the Mona Lisa, thus “making himself a Masterpiece” (Carmelo Bene ed.)
Perhaps the monster represents the fears hidden in the heart of Leonardo. We do not know if our interpretation is correct, but it is a vision of Mona Lisa and the life that we like: the shadow looming behind us, causing us lose the “smile.” This smile that is changing over the centuries, as well as the background. And the whole work is a living thing, and is not limited to crystallize onto a surface. Even now this monster may move freely within the painting. The painting that every vision reveals a new detail, as life does. The painting that made Leonardo immortal.
The painting in which the Genius can continue to live.
And we can as well.