New Da Vinci Theories Crash Websites July 28, 2007Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News.
A new theory that Da Vinci’s Last Supper might hide within it a depiction of Christ blessing the bread and wine is provoking a storm of interest on the internet. The claims have triggered so much interest that websites connected to the picture have crashed.
Slavisa Pesci, an Italian IT expert and amateur scholar, claims to have found a secret image of the Virgin Mary and a Knight Templar inside Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper. He said superimposing the fresco with its mirror-image throws up another picture containing a figure who looks like a Templar knight and another holding a small baby.
Pesci said the image can only be seen in a certain light and that he had to use his computer skills to reveal it. The sites had 15 million hits by midweek and organisers are trying to provide a more powerful server.
Composite version of The Last Supper, created by superimposing original with mirror image
Unveiling the theory this week, Pesci said in the superimposed version, a figure on Christ’s left appears to be cradling a baby in its arms and the two figures on either end of the table appear to become knights. He assigned no meaning to the images, but suggested they might have reflected Leonardo’s well-known interest in mathematics.
The director of a museum dedicated to the artist in his hometown of Vinci, was skeptical, saying “The Last Supper” (left) was so degraded by time that it was difficult to draw any new conclusions. The news may revive debate about the painting’s alleged hidden meanings, which was stirred up by Dan Brown’s bestselling book, The Da Vinci Code.
Of course, it’s amazing what Photoshop can do. Or if you squint just right, you’ll make out Harry Potter and Jar Jar Binks. Certainly with staring long enough, and believing hard enough, you’ll see whatever you want to see. Any famous painting for that matter, can be flipped to reveal a different image.
We seem to have moved from murderous carnage exacted by a monolithic religion to this silly season in a single weekend! Such is this zeitgeist that permits the conduct of such discourse on religious imagery without provoking zealots to proclaim the death sentence. In the spirit of Web 2.0 I say let judgement be passed by the “wisdom of the crowd.”