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
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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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

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
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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