Artists very often leave special messages in their works. But we are used to looking at paintings as a whole, without paying heed to seemingly insignificant details.
Bright Side has found 9 famous canvases that aren’t as simple as they seem at first glance. There is a bonus at the end too: an unknown work by Leonardo da Vinci, which may turn out to be another masterpiece.
9. The Whale That Wasn’t
This very modest landscape has concealed the truth for 150 years. A restorer, cleaning the surface of the picture, found on it a painted whale, washed up on the shore. The artist Hendrick van Anthonissen decided to paint over it, thinking a work without a dead animal would be more popular with the audience.