Some mysteries left behind by old artists and their artwork is more interesting than TV shows. Most of the answers to these puzzles have gone to the grave with the people who knew the truth. Here are some of those lingering riddles.
Real teeth in a Jesus statue
In a tiny Mexican town stands a 300-year-old statue of Jesus that has been discovered to have real teeth. This statue was created in the 17th or 18th century when the practice of giving human parts to the church was normal. A recent X-ray scan during restoration revealed the teeth. No one knows who it belonged to but researchers want to discover the person’s gender and age.
Mustached man under Woman Ironing
With an infrared camera, it was discovered that Pablo Picasso’s 1904 Woman Ironing painting has a hidden painting of a man with a moustache under the woman. The brush strokes of the hidden painting have been identified as Picasso’s, so he must have painted over a used canvas, but the identity of the man is a mystery.
Another Mona Lisa
The all famous Mona Lisa is on display in the Louvre, Paris. But there is a second Mona Lisa in Madrid. When compared next to each other, it seems both were painted simultaneously but from slightly different perspectives. It might have been the work of one of da Vinci’s students, but we will never know. There is even rumour of a third Mona Lisa where she was approximately 10 years younger.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Nobody seems to know the story behind this mysterious girl in Johannes Vermeer’s 1665 painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Nobody knows who this girl is, where she is from, what she is thinking and what she is about to say.
Secret weapon in David’s hand
This early 1500s sculpture of David by Michelangelo is surrounded by a controversial question of whether the statue wields a secret weapon in its absurdly huge right hand. In the Bible, it is said that David held a staff, a sling and five stones but only the sling can be seen on the statue. Some scholars say the unidentified object is the head of a staff.
The ongoing controversies and disputes about these art works may never be solved and all the questions might not be answered. Still, the value of these works is appreciated and enjoyed.