From Reuters Via Yahoo News.
MILAN (Reuters) - A new theory that Leonardo's "Last Supper" might hide within it a depiction of Christ blessing the bread and wine has triggered so much interest that Web sites connected to the picture have crashed.
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 http://www.leonardodavinci.tv, http://www.codicedavinci.tv, http://www.cenacolo.biz, and http://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.
Yep, DaVinci must have known that computers were going to be invented and people would have the ability to superimpose the images and see this. I guess Leonardo DaVinci was just waiting for the invention of Photoshop. Yeah right!
Also, I find it interesting that no one has mentioned how the image of Christ become a vivid image of the Sacred Heart. That's because people see what they want.
Anyway, and most importantly, even if DaVinci intended for these "images" to be in his painting they would only represent his own personal opinions. They could represent whatever he wanted them to. Perhaps the woman with the baby was a reference to all being called to the altar and called to personal holiness. Maybe it was a reference to the sanctity of life. We don't know! We can only speculate. Plus, even if DaVinci believed that Mary Magdelene was Jesus' wife, that wouldn't give it any authority. Being a great artist does not give someone the credibility to be a historian or theologian. Just because someone or a group of people believe something doesn't make it true.