(With pics) Secret images ‘discovered’ in da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”
July 28, 2007
Sounding like something straight out of Dan Brown's fictional best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, an Italian computer analyst claims to have discovered secret images inside Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, "The Last Supper."
Pesci Slavisa said the image can only be seen in a certain light and that he had to use his computer skills to reveal it.
He claims to have discovered the "hidden" images by superimposing a reverse image on the original image.
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.
An enlarged version of that part of the image is shown below. Is that supposed to be Mary Magdalene with an infant, presumably hers and Jesus Christ's?
Photo Credit: Alberto Pella, AP
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.
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.
Pesci added that there appears two figures on either end of the long table that look like knights, as in the Knight Templars.
Websites related to the theory (www.leonardodavinci.tv, www.codicedavinci.tv, www.cenacolo.biz and www.leonardo2007.com) crashed after registering 15 million hits on Thursday morning alone, as netizens flocked to the sites to read "The Last Supper" theory.
Administrators of the sites said they are currently preparing more powerful servers in order to accommodate the surge in traffic.
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