Similarly, "The Unknown Masterpiece," contains numerous animal forms. Some of the images below have been empashized to show the forms more clearly. Here are a few examples of these concealed forms.
laterally, along the compositions right-hand edge, a large, aggressive fish with a wide-open mouth has been concealed. Picasso often used this aquatic symbolism to represent his wife Olga.
Here, within a mask worn by Olga, Picasso has hidden an inverted owl with large feet. The expertise needed to do this is self-evident.
Another owl appears perched on his lover's shoulder below it a very large spider.
A tiny snail forms the nostril of the mask worn by his wife, Olga.
All these animal forms have been very cleverly concealed and relate, in a symbolic sense, to the drawing's principal theme of death.