5 Secrets hidden in Leonardo da Vinci's paintings

The idea that Da Vinci has hidden secret codes and messages in his work isn't new. Whether this is true or not we can only assume, but here are a few things you'll notice if you take a close look at his work.

1. A mistake in "Salvador Mundi"

1. A mistake in

In "Salvador Mundi", you'll see Jesus holding a transparent sphere in his hand. There is a mistake here because this isn't how the background behind the sphere should have looked like. In reality, if you look at a crystal sphere, you'll see the background enlarged and out of focus. Leonardo Da Vinci had to know this because he studied the laws of physics, so what do you think? Is this a mistake or a secret message?

2. Jesus and Judas in "The Last Supper"

2. Jesus and Judas in

If you look closely at "The Last Supper", you may notice that Judas and Jesus look quite similar. The legend says that Leonardo Da Vinci used the same person as a model for both Jesus and Judas, without even knowing it. According to this story, Leonardo da Vinci found the model for Jesus in the church choir. After a while, he needed another model to paint Judas, but he couldn't find one. He eventually found a drunk guy in a ditch and asked him to be his model. It was only when he finished the painting the drunk guy told him he recognized the painting from when he posed as Jesus, 3 years before.

3. The salt shaker in "The Last Supper"

3. The salt shaker in

One other detail in the last supper is the overturned salt shaker on the table, near Judas. There's a belief that spilled salt attracts bad luck, and this may be a symbol for the scene shown in "The Last Supper" in which Jesus tells his apostles that one of them is about to betray him.

4. The Portrait of Isabella d’Este

4. The Portrait of Isabella d’Este

This painting was recently discovered and scientists have attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. They have studied pigments and a primer used in the painting and they are identical to those used by the artist. Furthermore, the woman in the painting resembles Mona Lisa, especially in the way she smiles.

5. Lady with an Ermine

5. Lady with an Ermine

This painting was scanned through a new technique and scientists have discovered that at least 2 other versions of this portrait were previously painted on the same canvas. The first version had no ermine in it, while the second one showed a whole different animal.