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By on April 21, 2012, with 65 Comments

The Internet has gone crazy for this new Mona Lisa optical illusion! However, I don’t find it that amazing, though. Still, it would seem unprofessional if I ignored the general opinion and omitted this from our optical illusion blog, when even main-stream media like Gizmodo have broadcasted the story. What you have to do for this to work, is take a step back (or two) from your monitor and then look at the Mona Lisa below. On the right you may see the original, while mirrored on the left you have Mona littered with an old manga sticker. Supposedly you are now standing few meters away from your monitor, and observing the photo – are you still able to see the sticker? The manga is from 1990s macho manga Baki the Grappler and depicts character called Retsu Kaioh, or rather – Mona Lisa’s eye.

Mona Lisa Manga Optical Illusion


65 Responses
  1. Diane says:

    just looks like a big dirty blob from from a good few steps away . like someone gave her a black eye .

    • Mike says:

      Diane says:
      April 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      “just looks like a big dirty blob from from a good few steps away . like someone gave her a black eye .”

      she obviously didnt get that sammich

    • patrick says:

      Is this real?? Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci before manga popularized , so how come a manga sticker was placed on Mona Lisa’s eye ????

  2. Dave says:

    The Internet has gone crazy for this? I can’t say this speaks well of the Internet.

  3. awesome kid says:

    ha ha cool I agree with Diane

  4. 2NE1 says:

    yuuup i can still see the sticker kind of does look like a black eye

    • 2NE1 says:

      omg sis stop commenting on my website i’m not going on your facebook btw did mona lisa get into a fight or something because that black eye yoooooo weeeeeeeeee not good

    • 2NE1 says:

      btw i’ts 1:07 not 8:05

  5. Debi says:

    I didnt notice the sticker at first though i could tell there was something covering her eye and then as with all once i saw it was a sticker i couldnt see her eye again lol

  6. Jigille says:

    I tend to agree, there is nothing spectacular here at all. Seems the masses are more dull than ever :(…. Thanks for being unbiased and displaying this lame optical illusion. I can appreciate your fairness even if unable to appreciate the illusion.

    I Love This Site!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. General CATacus says:

    I can still see it…. It just looks like she got a Prince Zuko style scar.

    • Marissa says:

      Haha an Avatar fan! Yeah and this illusion kinda creeped me out……..

    • Ryan says:

      That’s pretty cool from an arms length away, I can see it, and the scar comment was good, ESP if the main character has a similiar scar. Great site.

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  10. jengo says:

    ..looks like someone ruined a classic piece with a sticker on one of the eyes..meh..

  11. Mark says:

    This is lame. Stick to your gut feeling next time!

  12. Rob says:

    I agree, Vurdlak. It’s pretty lame.

  13. dana thompson says:


  14. Stawolf1001 says:

    all you really have to do is unfocus your eyes a little

  15. Tom says:

    The further away you walk, the better it is. I went to the other side of the room to see it though. Anyway, if you stretch your imagination and move far enough back, the manga guys hair becomes her eye. Still nothing particularly flash about this ‘illusion’ though.

  16. scott says:

    this one sucks

  17. eric says:

    oh cmon – im usually one to poopoo many illusions on this site but this actually works!

    blur your eyes – the sticker disappears; you see her brow, her eye, the bag underneath, her cheek bone – its all there

  18. AmetuerAspirant says:

    hmm… you were right in that it’s not that amazing, but, the internet’s the internet.

  19. Penkalis says:

    Frankly, if an illusion requires a piece of immortal artwork to be turned greyscale and reversed, then have some dodgy sticker overlaid in an area that might show a similar shape IF you aren’t too close to properly scrutinize it, it is no longer an illusion, it is vandalism of art.
    I do agree with Jigille, however, in that you ought to present this kind of thing in an unbiased perspective, but it is not praise-worthy in ANY way.

  20. RN says:

    Not the best. Looks like her face is scarred.

  21. Dan says:

    Sorry, but I’ve seen better illusions after drinking too much.

  22. NeeL says:

    Of course the sticker is still visible, but I think Vurdak (and the internet) means that the face of this Baki the Grappler guy blends in and becomes Mona Lisa’s eye.

    But the internet is raging over nothing. This sticker is easily found by computer out of a great database of such images with the software that takes a million pictures to create a bigger image with it. (We all know these posters.) I believe somewhere there is this poster, which consists of a million manga images to create the Mona Lisa, and one clever guy took the image of that poster that covers her eye, and copied it on a clean Mona Lisa.

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  24. ted says:

    Really poor. Not worth taking a few steps to see a gob of something over the eye.

  25. Troll says:

    i shat bricks

  26. mycaricature says:

    I’m with you, Vurdlak: meh.

  27. Zorho says:

    Ok I think this is just another weak way of subtly reviving a culture of former fans in hopes of getting new fans. I love this site and most illusions make you go hmm this one makes you say stupid

  28. errietta says:

    i had another illusion…if you focus your eyes on the hairy forehead part the sticker looks like a strange eye…found it more interested,thought i should share..!

  29. Debolina Mukherjee says:

    yeah. even from a distance I could discern the Manga though when I tried hard, from that point I was able to see her black left eye

  30. Peet says:

    What amazed me the most about this was that someone would actually take the time to figure out what would work to recreate her eye like that.

    But if it was done the way NeeL suggests, I guess it really did not take too much time or effort.

  31. Brittany says:

    If you look at the picture their is no mystery to, i could never understand what people got out of looking at this picture some say its her smile (um, smile where?) some say its her eyes. Pay attention the woman has no eyebrows, this is why she looks weird. That is the only odd/interesting thing about this painting.

  32. CatieV says:


  33. razornoir says:

    it’s from baki

  34. vaughn james says:

    also try blinking over and over

  35. maki says:

    excellent; totally cool. thank you

  36. sarah says:

    i can see it i did look from the right side of my pc en did look right in the picture and i saw the eye!

  37. DazzaJ says:

    Sort of works but not one of the more impressive illusions. Fo to be 5 metres of more and it looks like a slightly distorted mona lisa?

  38. Inkerz says:


    I find it cool though but other than that, moving on :9

  39. GenCat says:

    I still see it. :l

  40. Sulaiman J says:

    ah, i wonder who’s come up with this? quite intersting :)

  41. i like cheese btich says:

    how is this interesting?

  42. trebron says:

    this is ridiculous !!!
    how can you that Mona Lisa has that fucking sticker!!!
    its a nuisance to one of the greatest art in the world!!!

    shame to the one who made that frank!!!

  43. alan says:

    nothing ,,if they want to change something or comedy shit tricks.. pls not monaliza..lol im an artist ..epic fail

  44. Andy says:

    Interesting….but not quite as interesting as the numbers and letters, that are hidden in the eye on the real painting by Da Vinci, that were noticed by scientist a couple of years ago.

  45. army says:

    I really like this painting ….
    if anyone would describe me ..?

  46. you were right in that it’s not that amazing, but, the internet’s the internet.

  47. jcb th says:

    is it ‘spot the odd’ picture by standing 20 metres away…

  48. Alria says:




  50. sourav says:

    yes .. its working …

  51. Lucky says:

    Very nice, it works as told ^^ Strange tough..

  52. Chino says:

    It’s a face from some kind of samurai

  53. Alonica says:

    Amazing!I saw an eye… Such a great optical illusion..

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  55. areu says:

    wah the sticker become the eye of monaliza,,it looks like an eye with a paint on it..

  56. lonnie says:

    Looks like a birthmark over her eye from 10 feet (3 meters)

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