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Scientists have solved one of the strangest mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci

Famous Italian artist and brilliantmechanical engineer Leonardo da Vinci left not only mysterious encrypted entries in his diary, but also used a special encryption method in his paintings. Scientists are still debating about the most famous portrait of Mona Lisa, as well as about the mysterious signs in the painting "The Last Supper." According to an article published on, not so long ago, scientists managed to uncover yet another of the great mysteries in his painting, hiding in the famous painting “Savior of the world”.

The painting “Salvator Mundi” attracted special attention of scientists because of the special glass ball in the hands of Jesus Christ

The secret of the painting “Savior of the world” is revealed

Leonardo da Vinci's works have a specialmystery and mystery, since the artist himself had not only excellent knowledge in the fields of engineering, mechanics, painting, poetry, philosophy and medicine, but also had connections with secret communities that still hide many riddles.

Mona Lisa's mysterious smile to this day hasa lot of debate about its creation. Meanwhile, the attention of scientists was attracted by another picture of an Italian artist, which is called “Salvator Mundi” or “Savior of the world”, dating back to about 1500 AD In the picture in Christ’s hands is a glass ball, which does not show any signs of refraction and reflection of light, which are usually observed in figures of a spherical shape. Through computer modeling, California scholars have suggested that Jesus does not hold a solid sphere, but a hollow one.

The use of 3D rendering technology has proven that Jesus holds a hollow glass object

Previously, this hypothesis has already been discussed by scientists.along with other alternative assumptions. However, now, thanks to advanced 3D rendering technology, specialists have managed to simulate the application of the artist’s strokes, which confirm this hypothesis. It is known that this technology allows you to recreate a high-quality image of a picture taking into account materials, light sources and scientific knowledge that correspond to a particular time period.

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So, the team of scientists managed to calculate the approximatethe size of a sphere that had a radius of 6.8 centimeters. After analyzing the object, the researchers also found that the sphere could have a thickness of not more than 1.3 millimeters. In addition, the folds on the dress of Christ, depicted behind the sphere, make it possible to make sure that da Vinci knew about the specific refraction of light in spherical forms, since it was at that time that he worked on the study of optics. With a detailed study of the picture, you can verify that the image is applied to the canvas confidently, which gives the right to assume that the painting “Savior of the world” is the closest equivalent to the image of “Mona Lisa”.

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It is worth noting that at the moment the picture is the most expensive work of art in the history of mankind, being sold for $ 450 million in 2017.