Saturday, July 28, 2007

The new DaVinci code - updated with the graphic

By Libby

Conspiracy theorist that I am, I just love this story. The DaVinci Code deepens.
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.

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,, and had 15 million hits on Thursday morning alone, organizers said, adding they were trying to provide a more powerful server for the sites.

I'll admit I was curious enough to click over to see the evidence for myself. The sites are all still down. What fun. It reminds me of the days when everyone was playing the Beatles White Album backwards and were convinced that Paul was dead.

Update: Another reason I love the intertubes. Gaius figured out how to manipulate the photo. [Click to embiggen]. That's his graphic and he's already thinking up other fun ways to use the technique.

I suggested he try Dali or Picasso. Or better yet to find an ear in a Van Gogh and create his own theory. I have a feeling he's going to use it on photos of his friends though or maybe Hillary Clinton.

By the way, for the record -- fond as I am of conspiracy theories in general, I am selective in what I believe. I don't see any knights and babies in that graphic, (although I do kind of see a turkey on the right), and even I find it hard to swallow DaVinci could have envisioned a time when this sort of technology was possible and had done it deliberately to send some kind of message.


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Blogger chris y said...

I don't even see the Turkey. The guy above the left table leg might be holding a map of Syria, but it's a stretch...

4:12:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Chris. If you embiggen the pix and look to the right, about midway down the table I thought that mustard yellowish thing looks a little like a cooked turkey with one of those funny little caps on it's foot, standing up on the table.

9:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DaVinci project has been under way since 2005 with hundreds of “Pictures within Pictures.”. We are in the process of building a comprehensive documentary presenting these extraordinary findings.
Leonardo da Vinci, " Pictures Within Pictures "
Outside the box, outside the frame
An intimate and divine truth hidden for centuries at last unveiled in the Mona Lisa, and yes, in other of Leonardo's works including his first recorded drawing, the Landscape of the Arno Valley and his masterpiece, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the infant St. John the Baptist, “the Last Supper” and others as well.
Anew never before recognized perspective hidden for five hundred years in plain sight, Emerges! Leonardo's message,’ Pictures Within Pictures’
Outside the box, outside the frame
Five hundred years after Leonardo's lifetime, his genius and message come to light in mirrors and optical illusions. His " secret code " has been hidden in plain sight to be deciphered outside the original borders of the painting using a " perpendicular reverse mirror image process." Leonardo, (actually Lionardo ) was a man of formidable intellect, talent, craft and most importantly a man of curiosity who observed " truth " in the world in all its forms...Physical, Philosophical, and Religious. He was hundreds of years ahead of his time, constrained by the religious tenets and politics of his day. As a result he was unable to express reality, as he perceived it, and so devised a means by which to conceal his truths from all those whom he did not want to understand them for fear of persecution. Being a man of science and art as well as one of the most inventive men of all time, he appears to have imbued his art with multiple levels of meaning; at one level beautiful works of art...On a second and un-deciphered level, until Michael Domoretsky discovered the images it in 2005, appears to challenge the dogma of his day and pass on his beliefs, observations and truths using a process that only one who perceived the world outside the accepted realm, a scientist or mathematician might discover.
The more in-dept and familiar one becomes with Leonardo the man, the more these unique finds make sense. Unlike other artist that are painters first, painting what they see or the impression of what they see, Leonardo appears to have been a scientist and inventor first, then artist, using his sharp powers of observation and reason to create both timeless works of art and as yet not fully deciphered messages for those not limited by traditional thinking.
The more carefully his words, deeds, apparent opinions and interest are studied
The more credence can be given to his seeking to preserve his thoughts and observations by unorthodox means.
Leonardo left clues... He was credited with having said; the eye, " Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe." Leonardo believed that the perception by the eye; light, dark, shadow, and perspective held the secrets of the world. Hence, when you include Leonardo's life long fascination with mirrors and writing backward it appears likely that he would choose to use constructs and concepts familiar and unique to him to transmit and yet hide from a restrictive and turbulent society, his most treasured messages.
For hundreds of years scholars have continued to study Leonardo's priceless works of art using the most cutting edge technologies available. In recent times millions of dollars have been allocated to perform all types of scientific studies seeking to determine if Leonardo hid anything underneath his finished works...all within the frame of his artworks. The plain and obvious truth is that he did hide things… however Leonardo was forced to work within the limitations and utilized the technologies of his day. His meanings are in plain sight but only for those able to think outside the box and frame. All of the writings and documents relating to Leonardo, point to his being deliberate and patient in everything he did, both in his creations and his art; so it would appear all but inconceivable that in his major and personally treasured works, that every detail would have been a deliberate act of thought, and not an inadvertent inclusion. A minor anomaly in a masterpiece might happen, though unlikely in multiple of masterpieces by such a perfectionist. Clearly recognizable, perfectly formed symmetrical symbols on both sides of his best masterpieces, utilizing mirrors, a technique Leonardo was well know to have used, make it being anything but intentional, all but impossible. You be the judge.
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Da Vinci and the Secret of the Mona Lisa, article by: ThothWeb,
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6:36:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Who knew? You got me liking this theory anon. I'll add it to my collection and check out the site sometime. Thanks for the info.

7:19:00 PM  

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