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New Book "The Lady Speaks" Reveals the Hidden Secrets of da Vinci's Iconic Mona Lisa

For Five Hundred Years, the Lady Has Smiled, Now She Speaks

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DALLAS, Feb. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Book "The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Secrets of the Mona Lisa" (Brown Books Publishing Group) by W.N. Varvel decodes the interpretation of da Vinci's famous painting, revealing a woven tapestry of hidden messages within her smile.

For almost five hundred years, the painting of the Mona Lisa has mystified viewers and intrigued historians. Completed in 1515, the Mona Lisa has hidden the lady's secret well. A secret too dangerous for the artist to acknowledge during his life, but one that he hoped future generations would understand and embrace.

Now, after years of devoted research and analysis of the works of Leonardo da Vinci, author W. N. Varvel, like a detective on the trail of a major case, links previously unnoticed connections, tracks clues, recreates scenarios, identifies villains and heroes, weaving a tapestry of comprehensive evidence to "prove" what the lady says.

In "The Lady Speaks," Varvel offers readers and enthusiasts of art history and the renaissance period an eye-opening look inside the Mona Lisa, revealing how meticulously the artist weaved a calculated fabric of clues, symbols, and images to establish not only da Vinci's but also Michelangelo's belief in Theological Gender Equality––believing that the book of Zechariach in the bible led each in their like-mindedness. He also detects another message: the need for theological gender equality to occur before the New Jerusalem, and da Vinci's dependence on the world to recognize the coming of the "New Jerusalem" as what lies behind the Mona Lisa smile.

Rev. Irie Session, Senior Pastor, Warren Avenue Christian Church says, "The Lady Speaks compels the Church to re-examine biblical texts and iconic religious works of art to derive refined truths which currently run counter to traditional patriarchal and androcentric interpretation." James O. Duke, PhD, Professor, Brite Divinity School adds, "It testifies to the divine genius of both da Vinci and Michelangelo, particularly in light of the danger from the Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition."

Varvel notes, "In March, 2012, the Louvre in Paris confirmed the radical revision of the dating of the Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci famous portrait had been dated around 1503–1506, but this dating has been formally altered to 1503–1519. This critical change in dating is important because it substantiates the data presented in "The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Secrets of the Mona Lisa."

Today, nearly five hundred years since the completion of the Mona Lisa, modern generations have the opportunity to recognize Theological Gender Equality. Through their art, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo present their arguments and "teach" this most cherished of Christian concepts, believing that the book of Zechariah in the bible led each in their like-mindedness on the topic. For five hundred years, the lady has she speaks.

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