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Historical Events  Art
Historical Events  Art
Mona Lisa

Enigmatic

MMDE: Never been known

Current: Always been known

She's the subject of the most famous portrait in the world, but who was the subject of the Mona Lisa?

Many people remember this as being a big mystery, and are surprised to hear today all the reports of her being the wife of Francesco del Giocondo.

Her name - Lisa del Giocondo - is even listed officially in the Louvre.

The idea of so many people remembering, and being sure of that memory, of no-one knowing who she was is being classed as a Mandela Effect, since that's exactly what's happening here.

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God Sistene chapel

You cannot be serious

MMDE: No, Michelangelo did not paint this

Current: Yes, Michelangelo did paint this

This is a crazy one even for the uber-craziness of the Mandela Effect!

First, the type of phenomenon here is similar to the Razzle Dazzle ships or the second longest wall in the world, i.e. it's something you'd expect everyone to know about but hardly any do. This kind of knowledge can happen in any field, but some, like this, are so startling it seems very unlikely it can have been missed by so many people for so long, hence the idea it suddenly appeared from nowhere and so is being classed as a Mandela Effect.

The painting does indeed show God flying away from Moses baring his buttocks.

It definitely is God, because the image forms part of a narrative and is next to an identical one showing God creating the Sun and the Earth. And it's clearly not a slip of the robe or similar clothing malfunction, since there actually is also a reference to it in the bible.

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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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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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Creation of Adam

Which is the upper hand?

MMDE: God's hand above Adams

Current: God's 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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King Tut Death Mask

One or two animals on his forehead?

MMDE: A snake

Current: A vulture and 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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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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The Thinker

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

MMDE: Closed fist on forehead

Current: Open hand on chin

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...