Today, the creators of computer games, movies and TV shows consider their duty to «hide» in their creations so-called «Easter eggs». But in fact, this tradition is not one hundred years. Even in the distant past, artists have used on their pictures hidden images either as a joke, whether as an insult or some other reasons. In our review of the famous paintings that have not done without «surprises».
1. Hieronymus Bosch – Notes on the buttocks
Dutchman Hieronymus Bosch painted his famous «Garden of Earthly Delights» in 1490 – 1510 years. Three panels epic triptych depicts the Garden of Eden, heaven and hell. Triptych is literally overflowing with symbolism and veiled reflections about human nature and morality.
If you look closely, it is easy to notice that Bosch quite often portrayed human buttocks. And, often sticking out of them quite unexpected things. For example, a damned soul, which climbs up the stairs from the fifth point of the arrow sticking out.
At first glance, one might think that this is just one of the punishments in Hell. But the panel, representing the heavens, you can also find a picture of a man, who in the fifth point of sticking a bunch of flowers.
But the most impressive ass in the «Garden of Earthly Delights» can also be found on the «Hell» panel – it shows the notes, as well as to him as long stretches demon tongue with pink skin.
Another one «musical» backside sticks flute.
Finish the story of Bosch’s triptych is that the music notes which can be found on the fifth point of the sinner, you can even hear – melody to these notes wrote former monk Gregorio Paniagua.
2. Da Vinci – a hidden selfie, which is found only in 500 years
It is known that the brilliant Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci did not like to paint himself. There is only one proven self-portrait of da Vinci: sanguine drawing in 1512, which according to legend gives strength to those who looks at him. During the Second World War, this self-portrait taken from Turin and hid, because they feared that Hitler will catch with him superpowers. Scientists now suggest that perhaps there are so few da Vinci self-portrait as a great master constitutes them in caches.
In 2009, the art world was shocked with news that was discovered another self-portrait of da Vinci. He was hidden in one of his many scientific papers, «Codex on the Flight of Birds». The portrait was so cleverly concealed that remained unnoticed for 500 years, until such time as an attentive Italian journalist noticed something similar to the nose, between the lines.
It was the face of a young Leonardo, whom no one has ever seen before. To determine whether this is really a portrait of da Vinci took a whole examination.
3. Caravaggio encrypted apology in his famous painting
Italian master of the 17th century, Caravaggio was a very talented artist, but he was also extremely heavy and cruel man. After a few years of fame, he was forced to flee from Milan as Pope sentenced him to death for killing a pimp. Caravaggio fled to Malta, where he soon found himself again in the midst of a scandal and was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm knight.
Shortly before his death at the age of 38 years (the reasons that are called different: some say that the artist died of a fever, while others insist on the «mysterious circumstances»), Caravaggio tried to atone for his sins by writing one of his greatest masterpieces, «David with the Head Goliath» and presented it to the papal court.
It turns out that the severed head of Goliath in the picture – a portrait of Caravaggio. Thus he expressed remorse for his actions.
4. The dead babies in the painting «Massacre of the Innocents» by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder which depicts a winter village of the 16th century, where rampant Spanish and German soldiers, distinguished by great detail and absurd elements. This picture is a protest against the brutal occupation of the Netherlands by Spain.
When we look at a picture is easy to see that pile of booty captured soldiers – chickens, cattle, pitchers – cast mysterious shadows. During the restoration of the painting it was found that these shadows are in fact the babies that were originally painted by Bruegel, and then are painted over.
5. The Shadow of Monica Lewinsky
When it comes to the presidency of Bill Clinton, he immediately remembered his affair with Monica Lewinsky, who left a stain on his career. Lewinsky scandal was the subject of countless articles and political cartoons. Hidden hint at this connection there is even the portrait of the American president, who wrote Nelson Shanks. The artist admitted that captures the shadow of Monica Lewinsky on the portrait of Clinton, which is currently in the US National Portrait Gallery.
6. Hidden image of Halley’s Comet
For much of human history, comets were considered a bad omen. It was believed that in this way God expresses his anger. Halley’s Comet is no exception. Since she appeared on the horizon of every 76 years, it often coincides with mass fear and repentance.
Comet prayed kings and peasants, asking her good health, abundant harvest and children. Halley’s Comet can be found on a variety of pictures. Moreover, the image of a comet can be found in books, jewelry, and even in textbooks.
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