"Last Supper" Painting Controversy

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The famous fresco is already the focus of mythical speculation after author Dan Brown based his "The Da Vinci Code" book around the painting, arguing in the novel that Jesus married his follower, Mary Magdelene, and fathered a child.

Now Slavisa Pesci, an information technologist and amateur scholar, says superimposing the "Last Supper" with its mirror-image throws up another picture containing a figure who looks like a Templar knight and another holding a small baby.

"I came across it by accident, from some of the details you can infer that we are not talking about chance but about a precise calculation," Pesci told journalists when he unveiled the theory earlier this week.

Websites www.leonardodavinci.tv, www.codicedavinci.tv, www.cenacolo.biz and www.leonardo2007.com had 15 million hits on Thursday morning alone, organizers said, adding they were trying to provide a more powerful server for the sites.

In the superimposed version, a figure on Christ's left appears to be cradling a baby in its arms, Pesci said, but he made no suggestion this could be Christ's child.

Judas, whose imminent betrayal of Christ is the force breaking the right-hand line of the original fresco, appears in an empty space on the left in the reverse image version.

And Pesci also suggests that the superimposed version shows a goblet before Christ and illustrates when Christ blessed bread and wine at a supper with his disciples for the first Eucharist.

The original Da Vinci depicts Christ when he predicts that one among them will betray him.
Comment:    These  are  sick  people  who  want  to  find  something  in   a  painting?    Jest  a  painting.  Nothing  more...*   But  they  Make " MORE"..  Thats  the  way  humons   are..   Did  Jesus  paint  it?  NO,    Did  Noha  paint it ? NO..     Did  God paint  it ? NO...       

This painting has Jesus and his disciples sitting at a table. It is my understanding that at that time, Middle Easterners reclined while they dined.

Quote from: vmoon on July 29, 2007, 04:17:17 PM

This painting has Jesus and his disciples sitting at a table. It is my understanding that at that time, Middle Easterners reclined while they dined.

Yep, that's my understanding too :)

I "think" this is where Summer got the above info from?  (Summer, You've Got to start including URL Links back to articles you post, Please?)

Experts skeptical on claim of new discovery in Da Vinci's "Last Supper"

People crack me up.  Don't they understand what the word fiction means.  The DiVinci Code is nothing more than a fictional tale.  Same with the Left Behind Series.   DiVinci's painting is just that - a painting of the last supper and nothing more.  People are trying to make it into something it's not.  Same with Dan Brown's book.  I've got that book and read it.  It's a work of fiction and nothing more. 

My son is an art student.  To make a long story short.  I was reading in one of his text books that many artists depicted their own ideology, culture, and beliefs into their artwork.  That is why a famous painter from Italy will depict Christ in a different way than an artist who is painting Christ lets say from the Danish Masters.   Artwork and historic artifacts are different from all over the world.  I'm not sure if Piccaso created a painting of Christ or not.  I'd hate to see it if he did.  I can't stand his work.  Gives me a headache!   ;D  I don't think DiVinci ever traveled to the ME so he had no point of reference except how people from his own culture would sit down to eat. 

People in DiVinci's day sat at higher tables to eat in Italy.  In the middle east they did at one time sit on the floor to eat.  They did the same thing in Rome and Greece too, way before DiVinci's time.  I can't imagine doing that.  Maybe as a kid it might  be easy doing that but not today as an adult.  I'm glad higher tables came along.   ;D

Actually, don't they still do this in the ME?  I think they do in many parts.  They still recline to eat.  Asian cultures did the same thing. 

My only question on DiVinci's painting of the Last Supper is why he didn't paint them eating at a circular table?  To show unity? 


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