Dan Brown's bestselling book, The Da Vinci Code, is a compelling read, but it can be difficult to decipher where fact melds into fiction. The paintings by the Italian renaissance man undeniably exist in real life and the symbolism is easy to see once you've been instructed what to look for, but some conspiracy theorists believe he was hiding much more than the mere illuminati...
A group of online conspiracy theorists who identify as 'The Paranormal Crucible' claim that they have examined scans of the Mona Lisa and found none other than an alien high priest lurking behind her enigmatic smile.
Is there more to Mona Lisa then meets the eye?
If you look at the painting above and see nothing more than an overrated renaissance work of art, you clearly don't have the right mindset to delve into the shady realm of the paranormal...
If, however, you decide to flip an obscure background section of the image and see an alien figure emerging from the darkness, it's time to quit your day job immediately and start searching the skies.
The Paranormal Collective claims that the alien figure was deliberately hidden by Da Vinci in order to expose hidden truths within the Catholic Church, they explain that:
"Many theologians believe that Leonardo Da Vinci deliberately concealed secret codes and subliminal messages in most of his work. f this is true then it's reasonable to assume that the Mona Lisa was in fact painted in order to conceal important historical and religious facts possibly regarding the extraterrestrial presence and its surreptitious involvement within the Roman Catholic Church."
The triangular shape on the 'high priests' hat is thought to have particular significance
While skeptics have pointed out how the image has been highly manipulated to make the gray alien more recognizable, some people believe that Da Vinci himself could have been even more out of this world than we imagined. Scott C. Waring, who runs UFO Sightings Daily, theorized that Da Vinci was, in fact, an alien himself because:
"He shows all the signs. He had very high intellectual ability, extraordinary creative range, and used them to accomplish quite a bit. Leonardo is somebody who is able to operate across all these various fields, which is very unusual. Geniuses rarely are great in all areas like Leonardo. He was known for hiding secret messages and codes in his artwork, so this new discovery gives us the key we have been missing about him his extraordinary abilities came from or were those of aliens."Check out the video below to hear The Paranormal Crucible's full argument into how Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile is hiding alien evidence:
The paranormal investigators have neglected to comment on why an alien would be Roman Catholic, but maybe the truth is out there somewhere.