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The detail that unlocks the Mona Lisa

The 1503 painting by Leonardo da Vinci is the world's most famous piece of art

Kelly Grovier explores an overlooked object that offers a different perspective on the masterpiece.

  • Kelly Grovier
  • BBC

Some things are so obvious you never really notice them.

Take, for instance, the way the white space between the “E” and the “x” in the FedEx logo forms a big white arrow pointing forward.

We’ve seen the sign whizz past us countless times without ever clocking its subliminal point.

Another ubiquitous cultural image is the Mona Lisa.

Leonardo da Vinci’s inexhaustible portrait of Lisa del…

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