The colour lapis lazuli of the background, together with Mona Lisa del Prado’s red sleeves symbolize the union between water and fire. This union is described in the Bible (e.g. Matthew 3:11) as the baptism of Water and the baptism of Fire. The former is related to John the Baptist and the latter to Jesus Christ. Astrologically, we know the geometric shapes on the sleeves of Mona Lisa as the sign of Aquarius (♒). The same sign was used by the Egyptians as the hieroglyph for water and for primeval water Nu, which is the origin of everything that exists (Pinch, 2002).
Image 10. Mona Lisa’s red sleeves symbolize fire
The original Mona Lisa’s yellow sleeves symbolize the light of the Sun. Correspondingly, Mona Lisa del Prado’s red sleeves symbolize fire. This juxtaposition becomes apparent in Leonardo’s journals. In his Allegorical representations (sketches 676 and 677) together with sketch 684, he uses the symbols of ‘the Truth’, ‘the Sun’ and ‘the Fire’ interchangeably (Richter, 1888). Leonardo’s main idea is that there are always extremes (better explained as the Principle of Correspondence - see Appendix 1.) which appear together in every person. Leonardo wrote about the mental Sun in his journals: “Falsehood covers a person’s face like a mask”, “Fire destroys falsehood, that is sophistry, and restores truth, driving out darkness.”, “Truth the Sun.” and “Nothing is hidden under the Sun.” (Sketch 684)
In ancient Egypt, the Sun is the symbol of the Son of God (Horus). Furthermore, Father is both the Water (Father-God Nu and primeval water Nun) and the Feather (Father-God Shu).6 In the Bible, Jesus is the Son (Sun), who burns away falsehood (see e.g. the allegory of bad seeds, which must be burned away in our mind to make a new, virgin space for the good seeds in Matthew 3:10). Father’s knowledge is given to those who receive the baptism of Water. The same is written all over the walls in the tomb of Tutankhamon, where goddess’ Nut and Isis both have the hieroglyph sign of water in their hands (Reeves, 2015, p. Fig 1.). Here, Nut gives a person the Baptism of Water with mercy and correspondingly Isis symbolizes the Baptism of Fire with severity.7
6 This we can understand through the Art of Rhetoric, because the words ‘Father’, ‘Water’ and ‘Feather’ are phonetically very close to each other. See also ‘the Sun’ and ‘the Son’.
7 To learn more about the three baptisms and so called Way of Truth, see Appendix 2.