Number 72 and 4 Circles
At the end of the year 2010, researcher Silvano Vinceti presented his discoveries in media. He was able to discern almost microscope-tiny letters in the eyes of the Mona Lisa together with the numbers 7 and 2 in the arch of the bridge.16 Especially the symbolism of the bridge’s arch united with the number 72 is not an unique thing, because in the modern time Eiffel-tower is placed 72 names of scientists are engraved in four cardinal directions (Chanson, 2009). Interestingly, these names are just above the arches on each side of the building. Also in the Kabbalah it is stated that our God has a total of 72 names (Kabbalah Centre International, 2015). As seen in Image 3, number 72 is also used when constructed the height of Mona Lisa.
16 With image processing program it is quite hard to find these numbers 7 and 2. It seems that the number 2 is much clearer, but the number 7 is not necessary number 7, but it could also be e.g. Hebrew alphabet ‘zajin’. Although the numerical value of ‘zajin’ is 7.
Image 19. Left: The Arch with number 72. Right: The Four Circles symbol on the bodice of Mona Lisa’s dress.
The number 72 is often mentioned also in Scripture. According to Bible, Jesus was dead for 72 hours (3 days), which is also the time Jonah spent inside the Great Whale. In Astrology and Astronomy, the Sun is said to be dead between December 21st – 24th and June 21st – 24th every year. These 72-hour-periods called the winter and summer solstice have been celebrated since ancient times with many cultural and religious traditions.
In the language of symbolism the number 72 is in fact the Face of God and thus it bears several corollaries and symbols in religions and science. Of these dozens connections is here presented only the three most relevant to our topic: the Great Year, the Three Baptisms and the Circle of Life.