Leonardo da Vinci’s superfast eye may have helped him catch the enigmatic magic of Mona Lisa’s smile. A researcher set out to gauge just how fast his vision was. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Superhuman trait Leonardo da Vinci and baseball great shared that may be the secret to Mona Lisa’s smile

  • Leonardo da Vinci has been said to have a ‘quick eye’ – he could see dragonfly wings in motion. A researcher set out to gauge his ability to see in freeze-frame
  • Da Vinci being able to capture a fleeting moment gives his paintings their air of reality and explains the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile, David Thaler theorises
Topic |   Art
Leonardo da Vinci’s superfast eye may have helped him catch the enigmatic magic of Mona Lisa’s smile. A researcher set out to gauge just how fast his vision was. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP
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