Saturday, January 08, 2005

The Holy Grail and the Last Supper

Dear Mouse,

Some may accuse me of being obsessed with the Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. This is my third blog about the novel.

Blame my professor in Humanities who saw to it that we visited galleries for our paper at the end of the semester-- a collection of interpretations of paintings and caricatures.

Blame my cousin who won a painting contest for a work of art that he did not have an idea what was it all about.

Now comes the interpretation of the Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci in the novel of Brown.

Dan Brown wrote:

Oddly, Da Vinci appears to have forgotten to paint the Cup of Christ.

Simply art scholars must have noted.

You will be shocked to learn what anomalies Da Vinci included here that most scholars either do not see or simply choose to ignore.

This fresco in fact is the entire key to the Holy Grail mystery. Da Vinci lays it all out in the open in the Last Supper.

Sophie scanned the work eagerly. "Does this fresco tell us what the Grail really is.?

Not what it is.Teabing whispered. But rather who it is. The Holy Grail is not a thing but a person.

...

The Grail's description as a chalice is actually an allegory to protect the true nature of Holy Grail. Thelegend uses the chalice as a metaphor for something more important-- a woman.

p. 243...

Hold on Sophie said, you told me that the Holy Grail is a woman, the Last Supper is a painting of thirteen men.

OH Teabing said, how about the one seated in the place of the honor at the right hand of the Lord ?

...As she studied the person's face and body, a wave of astonishment rose within her. The individual had flowing red hair, delicate folded hands, and the hint of a bosom.

...That my dear, replied Teabing is Mary Magdalene.

Brown must be referring to this person in this restored copy of the painting.

The Last Supper was his experiment on fresco. It deteriorated immensely that several restoration efforts made it lose some of the original features.

This is the painting before the restorations. The figure pointed out that had feminine features do not look like the restored version.

For one, it looked like the figure has a beard.

I can not accept the claim of the author that this figure was a woman or to be specific, Mary Magdalene.

If she were Mary Magdalene, she would not be shown by the artist to be leaning close to another apostle much more being touched in the shoulder.

St. John, the youngest among the apostle would most likely fit the figure's depiction of a young man.

His hands were no different from the hands of other apostles.

One description of his style is that we can always tell a Leonardo's work by his treatment of hair, angelic in its fineness, and by the lack of any rigidity of contour.

The draft of the Last Supper shows the profile of the apostles.

By the way, Mary Magdalene was not an apostle, she was a just a disciple.

There were 12 apostles and 72 disciples.

As to the Holy grail, it must have been obliterated in the process of restoring the painting.

The Ca t

8 Comments:

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Jobert said...

Have you read Holy Blood Holy Grail? It's non-fiction. That's the whole basis of the story by Dan Brown. The authors even sued Brown.

I read the book twice years ago. Really interesting.

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger marvin said...

So you got hooked too, huh? Expect to get more disappointed as you get to the end of the novel.
After reading this trash, I decided to go back to Shakespeare, and swore never to touch a Dan Brown novel again.

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

jobert,
i have not read that book but if the interpretation of the painting is the same, i would not believe it either.
I would like to believe the statement that Da Vinci was a slow worker that when he was pressured to finish a commissioned work,he did it haphazardly committing gross errors in the depiction of an event.

i read a book about Mary Magdalene as a wife of Jesus Christ somewhere in Europe and they even had a photo of the tomb where he was supposed to have been buried.
I thought it was crap.
there was also a book on the theory that Jesus body was
taken by the apostles to show that He really resurrected.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

marv,
the author forgot that during the reign of Constantine, his mother was a very powerful figure.

This theory about the symbolic quest for the lost sacred feminine reveals of his ignorance about another fact in the bible that even if it was Eve who was the cause of the downfall of humanity, it was another woman who was exempted from the original and became Mother of the Savior.

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Lorimer said...

I'm ignoring this Dan Brown guy. You gotta take a look at this:

http://60gp.ovh.net/~cleanyou/

;)

 
At 2:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the de vinci code, just couldnt put it down...

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Leonardo da Vinci biography said...

Well done on a nice blog c hy. I was searching for information on Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa and came across your post The Holy Grail and the Last Supper - not quite what I was looking for related to Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa but very interesting all the same!

Well we're already into 2006 and I wish you all the best. I'm doing a lot of original work on Leonardo, including looking in detail at the technical drawings of machines and human anatomy. We're also publishing a detailed analysis of the Last Supper and Annunciation, which should be quite interesting.

If you do have a moment, please take a look at our latest galery on: Leonardo da Vinci .

Wishing you well in the new year! Amon

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, and John wears a woman's necklace.

 

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