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Leonardo da Vinci's icon, starry Perseus, and the Mysteries of Eleusis
Mona Lisa Code investigator Scott Lund makes history by establishing their common link
By: Mona Lisa Code (sm)
Paraphrased from the speech by Scott Lund:
"The notion of 'art for art's sake,' and that art is about aesthetics, comes from the 19th century. The last three paintings that Leonardo da Vinci kept with him until the end of his life–the Mona Lisa, Saint John the Baptist, and The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne–cannot be considered art in the contemporary sense, but that doesn't mean that their secrets cannot be revealed as such. These new discoveries of the Mona Lisa Code are being presented as art, instead of going through the traditional academic process.
"Tonight marks the first international presentation of new proofs of the Mona Lisa Code since my public press conference at the ancient Forum in Rome, over three years ago. At that time, I showed that the Mona Lisa's landscape was based on a 29-kilometer land-survey line connecting the Vatican with the cult site of the Roman goddess Diana at Lake Nemi. It was widely reported by Italian news media at that time.
"Last year, I was able to further discover that the endpoint of the survey-line at Lake Nemi connected to the apparent center of the Milky Way galaxy precisely at sunrise on Christmas morning, during the Catholic church's Grand Jubilee of 1500 AD. That is something that has not been reported by any news media.
"It is now evident that all three Da Vinci paintings were intrinsically tied to the stars. They formed a 'solar set' representing the solstices and equinoxes during that all-important year of the Grand Jubilee. The Mona Lisa and Saint John the Baptist represented the Winter and Summer solstices, but The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne represented both the Spring and Autumn equinoxes.
"The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne overlays precisely with the stars of the constellation Perseus, as well as the adjacent constellation Ares. That means that the painting itself, as well as the other two, were composed and created based on the shapes of the stars in the night sky! This realization alone is without precedent in Art History. Da Vinci has been called a lot of things, but he has never been called an astronomer. In retrospect, it appears that he was more astronomer than anything else, and there was an immense magical aspect to what he was doing.
"In Christianity, the supposed birth of the Sun occurred exactly due east on the horizon, on the morning of the Spring equinox of 5500 BC, which was the commonly accepted date of Creation. Da Vinci was remarkably able to determine that 7,000 years before the Grand Jubilee, the constellation Perseus would have been positioned directly above the Sun's first appearance.
"The Greek and Roman Mysteries were religious schools with secrets known only to the initiated. The most famous and revered of them all were the Mysteries of Eleusis. centered near ancient Athens. The 'Fall of Persephone' was the foundation myth of the Eleusinian mysteries, telling the tale of how the goddess disappeared during the months of winter. The myth connected the fertility of crops with the promise of human life after death. According to myth, Persephone was out picking flowers when a great chasm erupted in the earth. Hades rode out on his chariot and abducted her, taking her down into the underworld to be his wife. Persephone was then rescued by her mother Demeter at the start of spring.
"Since antiquity, no person before the Mona Lisa Code has been known to have understood the basis of the myth, with the exception tonight of Leonardo da Vinci. Below the figures of St. Anne and the Virgin, the chasm to Hades is implied. But the most telling clue is the rather obvious kinetic energy seen in the painting. The Virgin, or Persephone, is completely off balance, such that the slightest movement of St. Anne's left knee to her right would cause the Virgin to fall off into the chasm. This impending act is clearly facilitated by the lamb, which hooks its hoof over her foot.
"Once a year, in November, Perseus climbs to its highest position in the night sky at midnight, marking the symbolic start of winter. When Perseus is directly overhead, it is opposite the Sun, which was thought to travel through the underworld during its nightly journey.
“Da Vinci painted The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne as the personification of the constellation Perseus, and it is apparent that his painting was also an allegory for the 'Fall of Persephone.' Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the 'Fall of Persephone' was a metaphor for Perseus, which achieves its most elevated yearly position of vertical distance from the fertilizing powers of the Sun at midnight!"
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