Sorry, the Mona Lisa Is Not Looking at You

Sorry, the Mona Lisa Is Not Looking at You
AP Photo/Alik Keplicz

There are lots of myths and legends about the Mona Lisa—that it's actually a self-portrait of DaVinci, that it includes hidden references to ancient literary works, that there are hidden codes made of numbers and letters hidden in her eyes. One of the most persistent ideas, though, is the Mona Lisa effect—the notion that no matter where art-lovers move around the room, the eyes of Lady Giocondo look directly at them.

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