This is not part of Dan Brown's novel. Researcher Silvano Vinceti - chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage - has found a secret code in the Mona Lisa by scanning her eyes. A code that could reveal her mysterious identity:
Leonardo was keen on symbols and codes to get messages across, and he wanted us to know the identity of the model using the eyes, which he believed were the door to the soul and a means for communication.
Invisible to the naked eye and painted in black on green-brown are the letters LV in her right pupil, obviously Leonardo's initials, but it is what is in her left pupil that is far more interesting.
The other letters are B or S - although he points it could be C and E. These letters could offer the clue to finally find the real identity of the owner of mystifying smile, who has remained in a shroud of mystery for hundreds of years. Another secret hint discovered under the bridge in the background - under its right arch - is a minuscule number: Vicenti believes this is a 72 or L2.
Some believe that the Mona Lisa was Lisa Gherardini, a woman married to a Florentine merchant. Vinceti says that this is not true, pointing to another clue in the painting: The number 149 plus an erased digit, which he says indicates Leonardo painted it in the 1490s, during his stay in Duke Ludovico Sforza's Milanese court.
Now the researcher has to use these secret codes to finally unlock the mystery of perhaps the most famous painting in the world. Before he gets killed by Vatican's ninjas, that is. [The Guardian]