Historical Events ▶ Art
Historical Events ▶ Art

HE-1490-0159

Vitruvian Man

Da Vinci's 1490 "Proportions of Man"

MMDE: 6 arms and 6 legs

Current: 4 arms and 4 legs

Do you remember 4 or 6 arms for the Vitruvian Man? This is similar to the Shiva's arms Mandela Effect where many people similarly remember 6 arms.

People who remember Da Vinci's Vitruvian man with 6 arms and legs describe each limb as being turned slightly from the ones before it, illustrating how the body would look from those angles, and each set being symmetrical, whereas the limbs today are not.

Da Vinci is no stragnger to The Mandela Effect - he already has The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa to his name. There is also evidence of the Vitruvian Man flip-flopping between 4 and 6 limbs when some experiencing the effect check again after some time has passed. 

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HE-1911-0157

Mona Lisa Theft

An enigmatic disappearance

Another Mona Lisa Mandela Effect?

First we had her smile changing over time, now it turns out many people today are surprised to learn the painting was stolen in 1922. 

The theft was actually an inside job. In 1911, Vincenzo Perugia had worked at the Louvre for a time and was familiar with the daily routines and procedures of the staff. One day, he wore the same white smock as them and hid when the gallery closed for the evening. He then removed the painting from its frame, and in the morning when it opened up just walked right out of the door with it under his smock.

He wasn't doing it for the money. He believed the painting was the property of Italy and was attempting to return it to what he saw as it's rightful home. For this reason he served a very light prison sentence, which no doubt made hime smile, enigmatically, when he heard that news.

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Sphinx head

Old 1941 photograph shows major restoration?

MMDE: The Sphinx is a dog

Current: The Sphinx is a cat

A amazing photgraph from 1941 has been found which appears to show some major restoration work being done on the Sphinx. 

It's long been assumed the Sphinx is older than the pyramids, but the new photograph appears to show it's been worked on, and changed it's appearance significantly, much more recently. It seems to show a new head, a new set of secret tunnels and has no shoulders, which all suggests the familiar landmark we see today has had a modern makeover.

There is even a suggestion it was not originally a cat due to the posture and the fact the Egyptians of the day worshipped dogs. The photograph shows restorations along the base from various ancient times, such as distinctive elongated roman brickwork, as well as Ptolemaic and Greek building styles.

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HE-1512-0105

Creation of Adam

Which is the upper hand?

MMDE: Gods hand above Adams

Current: Gods hand below Adams

Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam" forms part of his world famous Sistine Chapel masterpiece. Some people remember the hand of God being higher than Adam's, and claim Michelangelo would not have painted such a detail any differently. Seen today, however, it shows Gods hand below that of Adam's.

This isn't the only famous religious artwork which is the subject of an MMDE - many statues show the Horns of Moses where most people don't remember them. And of course, having the hand of the creator directly involved in one has all kinds of mind blowing implications...

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HE-1323BC-0103

King Tut Death Mask

One or two animals on his forehead?

Current: A vulture and a snake

MMDE: A snake

Many people remember a single snake - a cobra in fact - proudly fixed to the boy kings forehead. That's not the way we see it in art, photographs and costumes today though. In every reference, there are two animals - a vulture and the snake.

The story behind there being two animals on the headdress is that the vulture represented upper Egypt and the snake was for lower Egypt.

Some are saying the vulture looks "added on". It breaks the symmetry, and this is something the Egyptians were obsessed with. There are a few MMDE's relating to ancient Egypt - they are the oldest ones recorded. The mystery of the pharaohs continues to this day...

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HE-1495-0087

Last supper

It's almost as if there's a code in there

Da Vinci's Last Supper is one of the most famous paintings of all time. Depicting Jesus and his Disciples breaking bread on that iconic evening, some have noticed a couple of odd things which sound like they came right out of a Tom Hanks movie.

First, there's no chalice on the table. Surely this would be present - it's the central part of the whole piece, where Jesus told them to drink from it to remember him.

The other odd thing are the glasses themselves. Painted around 1495, those drinking glasses appear to be the fine cut glass types you get from a modern glassware store, and not the crude goblets normally associated with the tableware of the day.

Other renderings of the last supper always place the chalice front and central. Some are saying they remember it as being the case with Da Vinci's work - are they experiencing the Mandela Effect?

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HE-1880-0057

The Thinker

Here's something to ponder - has his pose changed?

Did Rodin's famous "The Thinker" sculpture always have his open hand on his chin, or was it a closed fist on his forehead?

There are many people who remember him with the closed first on his forehead. As a test, next time you talk to someone unaware of this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect ask them to make the famous Thinker pose - chances are, they'll do the fist-forehead one. 

Few people realise there were many copies of the sculpture, the most famouse being Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris. Begun in 1880, The Thinker was initially a figure in a large commission for a doorway surround called The Gates of Hell, and Rodin based this on Dante's Divine Comedy.

Representing philosophy, one can only wonder what he'd make of all the controversy surrounding his pose over a century after his creation...

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HE-1400BC-0048

The Horns of Moses

Do you remember Moses having horns?

Most art today, such as classical paintings and statues, shows Moses sporting a pair of horns. Not everyone remembers this, and those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect distinctly recall him never having done so, yet when you Google "Moses Horns" you see it apparently has always been the case.

Not all modern day depictions of Moses show him with horns - Charlton Heston would have looked distinctly odd had he done so in his 1956 blockbuster "The Ten Commandments".

There could be a mundane explanation for all this though - one that even Michelangelo himself fell victim too when he sculpted The Moses in 1513.

The problem was mistranslation in the Old Testament of Moses having the Hebrew word "keren", which was meant to mean rays of light, as in a glow, but may have been translated as "horns". The subsequent artists then took this literally... 

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HE-1503-0021

Art

Enigmatic

Few paintings can have been studied more throughout history than da Vincis Mona Lisa - "the most famous work of art in the world", according to Wikipedia.

Even her expression has come under intense scrutiny - that enigmatic smile - but not to the level those today who appear to be experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect. They remember her with a totally blank expression, with absolutely no hint of a smile at all. Looking at her today shows she definitely is smiling, the only argument is to what degree.

Some are explaining this by noticing our brains interpret things differently as we age. Facial recognition is a crucial life skill which develops more as we get older. The thinking is we see a blank expression when we are younger because we haven't "tuned in" enought to recognise her subtle smile. Or, they have been looking at the two different mona lisas (which were painted 11 years apart) without realising it.

In any case, Leonardo wasn't hailed as a genius for nothing.