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Scientist Discovers “Hidden Portrait” Underneath the Mona Lisa

French scientist Pascal Cotte — who has been involved in the digitization project of the Mona Lisa — claims that there are other portraits hidden underneath the famous painting.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the world’s most well-known works of art. The 16th century portrait of a woman believed to be Lisa Gherardini has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

The painting of the lady with the enigmatic smile has been the subject of various investigations throughout the year, so it’s quite a surprise to find out that it’s been keeping even more “secrets.”

French scientist Pascal Cotte — co-founder of Lumiere Technology — has been involved in the digitization project of the Mona Lisa. He has made a claim that has fired up the world of art. He says he has found other portraits hidden underneath the Mona Lisa.

Cotte presents two "Mona Lisas."

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Photo credit: Brinkworth Films

You see, Cotte is the inventor of the first multispectral high definition camera.

As Lumiere Technology explained, “With its 13-channel multispectral image capture capability, this camera is able to digitize cultural heritage materials such as fine art, manuscripts, and archives with the most precise resolution in the world, which ranges from 240 to 360 million pixels.”

The camera is able to analyze the temperature of the light on each pigment and finding the true color of each pixel on a canvas, then restoring it with the identical one.

Prior to this innovation, reproductions of works of art were only RGB (3 colors) representations with a limited color gamut.

The process, which in involves the Layer Amplification Method (LAM), takes a long time, as the works of art and sensitive and great care must be taken in examining them.

In 2004, the Louvre Museum tapped Cotte to digitize the Mona Lisa. It was during this process that Cotte claims to have uncovered hidden details within the painting.

Are they 2 completely different women?

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Photo credit: BBC Two

Da Vinci was known for painting over earlier versions of certain works, so it’s entirely possible that the Mona Lisa we see is not the figure that he started with.

Cotte has shown the projected image of a second woman behind the portrait. “We can now analyze exactly what is happening inside the layers of the paint and we can peel like an onion all the layers of the painting,” he told BBC News.

Moreover, Cotte claims to have found two more images under the surface of the painting – a shadowy outline of a portrait with a larger head and nose, bigger hands but smaller lips. The other image is reminiscent of Da Vinci’s rendering of the Madonna with etchings of a pearl headdress.

Cotte’s findings are featured in the BBC Two documentary, “Secrets of the Mona Lisa.”

The Mona Lisa is worth $782 million today.

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Meanwhile, the Louvre has yet to officially comment on these new findings. Art historians are still engaged in a debate over it.

Either way, these “hidden portraits” only add to the value of the Mona Lisa, which is assessed to be worth $782 million today.

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33 Illustrations That Prove We’ve Become Slaves To Modern Technology

One way or another, we’re all guilty as charged!

Aside from pen and paper, being observant counts as one of the most important tools of an effective artist. The artworks below, illustrated by Jean Jullien, are obviously drawn by a keen observer. In these series of illustrations, you will see how all of us have somehow become slaves to modern technology – particularly the smartphone.

Sure, we can all justify how we all use gadgets to communicate faster with our loved ones but, as captured in some of these drawings, we should likewise admit that technology sometimes gets in the way of simple joys such as enjoying nature or real-life interactions.

Scroll down and you’ll see what I mean…...

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The 20 Best Movies of 2015

What was your favorite movie this year?

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Most of us are looking forward to next year’s movie line up now that 2015 is nearing its end. I mean, who wouldn’t? Next year, exciting films such as Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and Leonardo de Caprio’s The Revenant will hit the big screen.

2015, however, has been a remarkable year for the movie industry as well, and we’ve watched several films that were nothing short of entertaining. This year, theaters were graced with epic historical dramas, comedy, romantic fairy tales, and science fiction films that touched our hearts and captured our imaginations.

Let’s take a look at 20 of the best films of 2015 once again. And if you happened to miss it, this holiday season might be the best time to catch up....

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These 11 Brilliant Illustrations Accurately Show What it is Like to be a Woman

It shows the crazy and funny side of every woman.

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Let’s talk about raging hormones, PMS, monthly periods, labor pains, breastfeeding, weight gain, excruciating beauty regimens, high heeled shoes, push-up bras, and…well, this list can go on and on.

These are just some of the things we women have to endure. Not that I’m complaining because I do love being a woman, and for most, there’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to give birth to beautiful children and nurturing them. But, let’s face it, sometimes it’s not easy, especially if you find yourself weeping over the most trivial things or for no apparent reason before you get your period. And if you're a mom then you know how painful and exhausting those contractions feel, right?

And sure, we can choose not to wear stilettos and lacy underwear, but hey! We want to look good not just for you men, but for ourselves as well. Some men don’t really understand this of course but, generally that's who we are. Women are loving individuals who have a fine taste and affinity to beauty and the arts.(Yey!)...

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