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The Birth of Venus Faces

Is it possible that the Renaissance artists used their ability to create such beautiful paintings as a way to distract the viewer from other meanings of their paintings?

Here is a painting by Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, painted in 1486 – during the Renaissance.

From the d-point (the angled vantage point), two faces emerge – a man’s face on the left and a woman’s face of some sort on the right. You can see how the flesh tones from the two painted character’s legs on the left make up the flesh tones of the man’s face when viewed from the d-point. Our view seems to be from behind, as if the man is looking slightly away and towards the right. His cheekbone and chin line are well defined.
(I have highlighted the faces below.)

The woman’s view also seems to be focused in the same direction as the man’s. Our view is from behind. She seems to be looking away from us and to the left. Unlike the man, she seems to have a greenish skin, almost alien like. Are they both focusing on the goddess Venus?

What was Botticelli attempting to convey with this odd-looking couple?

More lion, ape, horse and elephant heads?

Here’s another painting that appears to have animal heads hidden in it – similar to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. In the Mona Lisa I spotted an ape head, a lion head, a mule head, a buffalo head and from the d-point (vantage point), a crocodile head.


This painting is Titian’s Pastoral Concert. Here I spot an ape head, a lion head, an elephant head and what could be a mule or horse head.

Not sure why he didn’t put a crocodile in this one, although he did paint one in his Venus of Urbino (below).

Is this all a coincidence? Maybe.

Did I happen to mention that I found an elephant in Michelangelo’s
Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden (Sistine Chapel)?






The Hidden Horse Head is a blog dedicated to finding the hidden images of the Renaissance paintings.

Recently I made a series of discoveries – optical illusions painted into famous masterpieces. This site will take a look at those paintings one by one and show you how to view the illusions and what could be see. I will talk about how I made my discovery – something that went unseen for five hundred years.

Our venture will have us look at these famous works in a whole new light. I will also explain how I came upon the answers to the mysteries of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and how I discovered secrets to The Last Supper and other paintings, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Welcome to the Hidden Horse Head! Enjoy!

“Dedicated to Ginger, who sat by my side through my work and through my discoveries,
but passed on November 1 to an unknown illness. Walking through the front door will
never be the same without you.” ~ Ron Piccirillo