London - The restoration of a long lost Leonardo Da Vinci painting shows a 'female' Savior - camouflaged with an androgynous beard - holding a crystal ball and crossing Her fingers as if in anticipation of Judgement Day.
Art critics said this weekend that the 16th century oil on wood portrait also depicts a chilling prediction for next Friday's numerologically laden 11/11/11 date after centuries of hideous over-paint were stripped away to show the numbers on the Savior's scarlet gown criss-cross border.
"We know it's a woman in disguise because of major clues in the execution of the picture," National Gallery curator Sir Gainsborough Reubens-Picasso commented today.
"Firstly, the features are virtually identical to most of Da Vinci's madonna depictions, especially the highly stylised face-framing ringlet curls and exaggerated plucked eyebrows.
"Then we come to that red silk gown whose low neckline reveals a smooth, hair-free chest and which would be completely improbable as male attire.
"Also intriguing is the 10 diamond-encrusted ruby brooch on the cross-belts which experts reckon is a traditional goddess symbol - subsequently hijacked by the Rosicrucians as a totem of their cultish narrative."
Eschatology experts also concur that the painting's last and most important clue is contained in the miniscule astrological symbols in the crystal ball which shows an extremely rare Mercury/Venus conjunction transiting Sagittarius, sign of the Archer.
That aspect commenced on 2nd November 2011 and will intensify through next week's stunning astrology that takes in a Mars/Neptune clash on Monday, Wednesday's end-of-retrograde Neptune transit, Thursday's karmic Beaver Full Moon and Friday's Virgo ingress by the warrior planet Mars.
The painting's reclusive New York owners have declined to comment about reports of turning down $250 million for the picture 'if the apocalyptic prophecy comes true.'