Art is nothing less than an expression. An artist doesn’t just make art without any reason or concept in his/her mind. Art is an instrument for an artist to express his feelings, just like music. One of the best things about art is that everyone depicts the meaning of art differently. Art is always open for people to interpret the meaning in their way. Paintings capture the moments and artists take their liability to send the message across. Some are very clear to get, while some are hidden in a way that you won’t know about them unless you analyze the artwork with focus.
There are many famous arts that include some hidden details or messages. These messages can be political, moral, or religious. Many artists intentionally hide some messages in their paintings and leave them for us to find. And, after many years of advancements in technology, many of the secrets in these paintings are being found. When people were forbidden to express their views, art became great to put a message across. So, here’s a list of some of the most famous arts with hidden messages.
Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant man and a genius. He had many talents, an architect, an inventor, a sculptor, a scientist, and an amazing artist. But, did you know that a talented musician too? Yes, and he hid this talent in one of his paintings, The Last Supper.
If you look at The Last Supper, you won’t find anything different other than beautiful art. Especially, the bread rolls that are scattered all over the table. They just look normal, not revealing anything. But, if you pay too much attention and use your imagination to its peak, you might get something.
This was done by an Italian computer technician. His name was Giovanni Maria Pala. He claimed that he had found something fascinating in The Last Supper. He found some hidden music notes, a music sheet that Da Vinci left for us. Each bread roll and hands of the Apostles is made to be a musical note. When people read the notes from left to right, the notes make a composition that is similar to a requiem. This 40-second long composition isn’t just random notes played together, it sounds harmonious which makes Da Vinci a musical genius too.
Michelangelo seems to be a fan of “brains”. One of the most popular paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, The Creation of Adam showed that Michelangelo had a fascination for human brains. You must have seen this popular artwork at least one time in your life. It is undoubtedly one of the most iconic paintings in history. This painting depicts God giving life to Adam with just his fingertips. But, in 1990, an American physician, Dr. Frank Meshberger found observed something in the painting that no one else had noticed before. The area that surrounded God. This shape out of which the Lord is reaching Adam looked familiar to Dr. Frank.
The area behind the God looked a bit like the side profile of a human brain cross-section. And it is not just a casual coincidence, because the painting also showed many complex parts of the brain. These parts include the cerebellum, optic chiasm, frontal lobe, the vertebral artery, the pons, the spinal cord, and the pituitary gland. Michelangelo was also an anatomy student when he was 17 years old which gives more evidence about it.
A message to Pope? Maybe, yes. This one is very cheeky and shows the brilliance of Michelangelo. This was also painted in the Sistine Chapel in 1512. At this time Pope Julius the second was reigning. But, Pope Julius was not a very kind person, and most people hated him. He was also known as “papa terrible”, so you can get the idea yourself. Michelangelo was also amongst the people who did not like him.
It is believed that Michelangelo painted Zechariah in a way to look similar to Pope Julius the second. You may say, “but it’s a good gesture”. Wait. Notice the two babies (cherubs) behind Zechariah. One of the two cherubs glancing over Zechariah’s shoulder is making a gesture with his hand. The thumb between the first and middle fingers, which means “flipping the fig”. Basically, it’s the old version of showing middle finger. Michelangelo painted his real feelings about the Pope and what a way to do it! Cheeky game.
Art is a way to express your feelings and opinions. Whether you are a painter, musician, or any other form of art, it can be your way to express yourself. If you hate your maths teacher, you can do something like Michelangelo, who knows.