Few people realized that anagrams, despite being a trite modern amusement, had a rich history of sacred symbolism.
was a perfect anagram of… Leonardo da Vinci!
The mystical teachings of the Kabbala drew heavily on anagrams—rearranging the letters of Hebrew words to derive new meanings.
Her shock over the anagram was matched only by her embarrassment at not having deciphered the message herself.
When she was young, often her grandfather would use anagram games to hone her English spelling.
The Romans actually referred to the study of anagrams as ars magna—"the great art."
"I can’t imagine," Langdon said, staring at the printout, "how your grandfather created such an intricate anagram in the minutes before he died."
After all, she was no stranger to anagrams—especially in English.
In fact, one of his anagrams had gotten him in trouble once when Sophie was a little girl.
I missed the first two anagrams, Robert.
"My grandfather probably created this Mona Lisa anagram long ago," Sophie said, glancing up at Langdon.
Merely so Langdon could help her break an anagram?
More important, Sophie had stated flat out that she should have broken the anagram on her own.
Sophie was supposed to break that anagram on her own.
Gentlemen, not only does the face of Mona Lisa look androgynous, but her name is an anagram of the divine union of male and female.
She now recalled that her grandfather—a wordplay aficionado and art lover—had entertained himself as a young man by creating anagrams of famous works of art.
French kings throughout the Renaissance were so convinced that anagrams held magic power that they appointed royal anagrammatists to help them make better decisions by analyzing words in important documents.
Later, she realized the numbers were also a clue as to how to decipher the other lines—a sequence out of order… a numeric anagram.
"Rose," Langdon added, "is also an anagram of Eros, the Greek god of sexual love."
Saunière’s clever anagrammatic message was still on his mind, and Langdon wondered what Sophie would find at the Mona Lisa… if anything.
After all, Saunière had no reason to think Langdon was especially skilled at anagrams.
While being interviewed by an American art magazine, Saunière had expressed his distaste for the modernist Cubist movement by noting that Picasso’s masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was a perfect anagram of vile meaningless doodles.
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"Eleven plus two" is an anagram for "twelve plus one."