Overview of Facts and Fiction

(the differences in reality and the davinci code)

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What the Experts Say about the Cups in
The Last Supper
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Overview of Facts and Fiction


In The Da Vinci Code, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper
is laden with clues that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that
she is the real Holy Grail. Read on to learn more about this famous
painting and its possible hidden meanings.

In Chapter 58 of The Da Vinci Code, Leigh Teabing and Robert Langdon show a shocked Sophie Neveu the hidden meaning of The Last Supper.

In The Da Vinci Code

  1. The Last Supper shows 13 cups but no chalice: therefore, “oddly, Da Vinci appears to have forgotten to paint the Cup of Christ.”
  2. The person seated next to Christ in Leonardo’s Last Supper is clearly a woman. This is based on the figure’s “flowing red hair, delicate folded hands and the hint of a bosom.”
  3. The Last Supper was thoroughly restored in 1954, revealing more details.
  4. The
    positioning of Christ and “Mary” in The Last Supper purposely form a
    ‘V’ (representing the chalice or womb) and an ‘M’ (for Mary).

In Reality

  1. This
    is not all that strange – other depictions of the Last Supper have
    shown each disciple with a cup rather than the traditional “chalice.”
  2. Art
    historians disagree. They say it is John the Evangelist, who was “the
    beloved disciple” and often portrayed with feminine features.
  3. The painting was recently restored, but Brown’s dates aren’t quite right. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica,
    “not until the most modern restoration techniques were applied after
    World War II was the process of decay halted. A major restoration
    campaign begun in 1980 and completed in 1999 restored the work to
    brilliance but also revealed that very little of the original paint
    remains.”
  4. Neither provable nor disprovable – ‘M’s and ‘V’s
    are easy to find in many paintings. The positioning of the figures in
    the painting are more about dramatic movement and aesthetic
    composition: the characters are grouped into threes.

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