Paranormal conspiracy theorists claim Leonardo Da Vinci was hiding the existence of alien life – and the ‘proof’ can be found in the Mona Lisa.
The Paranormal Crucible website claims to have spotted an ‘alien high priest’ hidden in the famous artwork, proof, they say of an extraterrestrial presence.
In a bizarre video posted online, the group ‘reveals’ the hidden life form and identifies alleged facial features, a headdress, a cloak and hands.
A computer generated voice says: “Many theologians believe that Leonardo Da Vinci deliberately concealed secret codes and subliminal messages in most of his work.
“If this is true then it’s reasonable to assume that the Mona Lisa was in fact painted in order to conceal important historical and religious facts possibly regarding the extraterrestrial presence and its surreptitious involvement within the Roman Catholic Church.”
However, the video provides no possible explanation for the existence of the being and admits to enhancing the colours of the painting to make the features more visible.
One sceptical YouTube commenter wrote: “Alien high priest? What religion would be an alien?”
However, some truth-seekers have got on board with the possibility.
Scott C Waring, an alien conspiracy theorist who runs the UFO Sightings Daily website, went on to claim Da Vinci was a member of the outer-world species himself.
He wrote: “The likelihood of Leonardo Da Vinci being an alien or half-breed is very high.
“He shows all the signs.
“He had very high intellectual ability, extraordinary creative range, and used them to accomplish quite a bit.
“Leonardo is somebody who is able to operate across all these various fields, which is very unusual.
“Geniuses rarely are great in all areas like Leonardo.
“He was known for hiding secret messages and codes in his artwork, so this new discovery gives us the key we have been missing about him his extraordinary abilities came from or were those of aliens.”
Da Vinci’s paintings have long been the speculation of hidden codes and messages and formed the basis of the cult book and film, The Da Vinci Code.
In 2010, art historians claimed tiny numbers and letters found painted into the eyes of the enigmatic Mona Lisa could have been a code.