A shade in La Gioconda


La Gioconda, also called Mona Lisa, is perhaps the more emblematic work of the history of the Art. As I explain in my book Los mensajes ocultos de Leonardo da Vinci, I believe that it represents a pictorial manifesto, that hides a subliminal message: the fertile power of nature, embodied in a female figure (hence is pregnant), which is hidden behind a veil (as the goddess Isis). Édouard Schuré named to this manifesto the "eternal feminine".








During much time has worried me a detail of La Gioconda that, from my point of view, has passed unnoticed for the public in general, and for the critics of art in particular. I mean that part in the left, between the eyes and the neckline, with a series of spots that, it seems, are superimposed on the painting without provide positive aesthetic value.









Note this image. Here we see, with clarity, two important aspects: a letter C inclined towards the upper right; and a stain, that stands out in a landscape of rocks. From my point of view, this last stain looks as the shadow of a human figure, instead of having a geological form.









Below I've summarized the three hidden keys in this part of the image. (In 1) we see the shadow to which I referred in the paragraph above. 2) I note the angle of the C. In 3) I have identified a series of letters that could have an important value in deciphering the hidden message in the painting. I will refer to each one of these parts by separate.









By what it refers to the shadow, this, as I anticipated, seems to represent an human figure. But in a defined position. It is very possible that, if the shadow is not a product of my fertile imagination, the alleged figure is seated. Is surprising the similarity that the stain has, in its profile, with the of the figure of the Moreneta (the Virgin of Montserrat). On the other hand, it is in a seated position.










As we can observe, the statue of the Moreneta fits in the spot of the left of the Gioconda. Perhaps Leonardo wanted to allude to the "black Virgin", as a shadow that stands out in the background of the painting?








Note that the expression of the Mona Lisa is extremely similar to the one of the Virgin of Montserrat. The left of the mouth seems serious; the part on the right outlines a slight smile.










The C stands out, and has a considerable size. What can indicate? Perhaps "Catalogna" (Catalonia), the place where it belongs the Virgin of Montserrat?







This is not the only place in the painting where Leonardo put letters. According to Silvano Vinceti, in the eyes of the Mona Lisa we can see a L (left) and a S (right); but, after a study of the calligraphy of Leonardo, I'm inclined to think that the letter on the left is a C, not a L. From my point of view, we could find here the scenario where he has placed this scene: Catalogna (the C) and Spagna (the S).







In the iris of the eye is distinguishable the signature of Leonardo. In particular, his initials.










Silvano Vinceti and his collaborator Stefania Romano found a number 72 under the bridge (to the right). Over, we see the letters S and A, alluding -maybe- to Saint Augustine. See my book Los mensajes ocultos de Leonardo da Vinci.

















In the landscape of rocks of the left Leonardo placed three letters more. An H is seen clearly, but is also guessed a C and an E. Leonardo could have written CHE (what), or perhaps the first letters of the last name of the Mona Lisa (GHE, Gherardini).







All this can be considered a simple hyphotesis, since the spots and the cryptograms subject to interpretation are open to the subjective debate. But I think that it can be a suplementary element of analysis that can give clues on the subliminal (hidden) message of the painting.