The Mona Lisa, painted by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500s, is one of the world's most famous paintings. More than 9.3 million people visited its home at the Louvre in Paris, France in 2013 to catch a 15-second glimpse of it.
Behind that enigmatic expression, however, there are secrets, dear reader. Secrets unlike those that art historians or best-selling novelists could have ever imagined. Because if you look at the Mona Lisa from just the right angle...
THE SHOCKING TRUTH IS REVEALED.
Yes, Russian President Vladimir Putin is really Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florintine noble Francesco del Giocondo, in disguise. Or Putin traveled back in time to pose for Da Vinci. One of these things is probably true. Probably.
But wait. The mystery deepens. Because it turns out Putin may not just be the Mona Lisa. Putin may be the foundation of classical art as we know it.
Because look here. Vladimir Putin was also a Greek general.
And the subject of several paintings by Dutch painter Jan van Eyck.
He's even found in the works of MC Escher.
So Putin is clearly either a time-traveling 16th century nobleman's wife, a 19th century Greek general, or an 18th century Dutch model. Believe us, dear reader, when we say we will be ~investigating~ this deeply.
Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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