Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Female Pope and the Da Vinci Code

Dear mouse,

I originally planned to write this blog in a novel format but I am afraid that readers may think that the story about the female pope is just a fiction.

If many of those who have read and believed that Da Vinci left a code in his Last Supper painting, they're right.

If many of those who believed that the Da Vinci code was the feminine figure of the apostle next to Jesus and that it was Magdalene personifying the non-existent Holy Grail,they may be wrong.

I believe that it was a code for a female pope who reigned during Da Vinci's period.

Ahaaaa, some would check the name of the pope between the era when the Last Supper was painted.

For a backgrounder:

In 1495, Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the Last Supper on the wall of the refectory (dining hall) of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy, and completed it in 1498. Leonardo was commissioned to execute the painting in the Dominican monastery of this Church by Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza. The church and friary found an ambitious patron in Ludovico Sforza. The Duke wanted to give visible expression to his position in both impressive buildings like the grand Church and grandiose paintings like the Last Supper. Therefore, Santa Maria delle Grazie became the court church, burial place for members of the Ducal family, and home to Leonardo's famous painting.

So where is the connection between the female pope and Da Vnci when the pope between 1492 to 1502 was Pope Alexander the VI? If indeed there was a code, what drove Da Vinci to put one in his painting?

Let’s meet Pope Alexander VI.

In the same year that Christopher Columbus confirmed his place in history by discovering the Americas, and the Moors were driven from Spain, along with the Jews, a Pope, who would earn the moral condemnation of his co-religionists, and most historians of the period, was elected in Rome. This Pope would be one of the most notorious of those successors of Saint Peter. His reputation would add considerably to the discontent and disgust with the Roman Catholic Church that would eventuate in the Protestant Reformation. His name was Rodrigo Borgia and he would become known best to history as Alexander VI.

When He was still a priest, Borgia formed a close relationship with a married woman, Vanozza de Catanei. She had borne him four children, two of whom were when he was already a Cardinal. They were Cesaere and Lucrezia, his favorite. When he decided to seek for the Papacy, he disposed of his mistress but not his daughter Lucrezia who came to live with him in the Palace together with his new mistress.Among the notorious crimes, he had committed was simony.

Simony is the ecclesiastical crime and personal sin of paying for offices or positions in the hierarchy of a church, named after Simon who offered the disciples of Christ payment for the power to perform miracles.

When he needed money for the Church, which was all the time, Alexander sold Church offices to the highest bidders, failed to fill vacancies caused by deaths of Bishops and Cardinals so that the Papacy could collect the wealth that flowed from such Bishoprics. He was equally open about selling dispensations and divorces. Anyone, it seemed could get whatever they wanted from the Pope, for the right price. If you wanted to marry your own sister, perhaps, the marriage could be sanctified by Papal decree for the correct payment to the Papal coffers.

After he executed a very vocal critic of his reign people hated him more.

Even his son Cesare, the model for Machiavelli’s prince started distancing from him as much as possible.

So his other favorite daughter Lucrezia was left in charge of the papacy when he was out of town. It was not only because he was turning the papal position to a family affair but rumors persisted that both father and daughter were resposible for the orgies held in the palace for bishops and cardinals.

So Lucrezia shared the papal power with her father making her the female pope.

Even with the public knowledge of his many sexual relationships he liked to put on appearances. To cover up for his incestous relationship with his daughter Lucrezia, he arranged for her marriages. Lucrezia was given first to Giovanni Sforza of Milan, and when that marriage was annulled by papal decree on the grounds of impotence, she was married to Alfonso of Aragon. Upon his assassination Lucrezia received as a third husband Alfonso I d'Este, duke of Ferrara.

Going back to Last Supper, the duke who commissioned the painting of the Last Supper was Ludovico Sforza.

Alexander VI was a great patron of art. One of the paintings that he commissioned one of the Renaissance painters to do was the portrait of Giulia, his last mistress. Pinturicchio painted a likeness of Giulia ... as the Virgin Mary.

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Giulia

I hold two theories for the paintings of Da Vinci.

First, the feminine figure in the Last Supper was Lucrezia; either it was a code to future generations of the existence of a woman power in the Roman Catholic hierarchy or he was instructed by Sforza to paint it in the likeness of Lucrezia in order to impress the unofficial and official popes.

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Lucrezia

But looking at the similarity of the woman in the Last Supper and the woman painted by Pinturrichio I wonder if the DA Vinci code was the mistress, Guilia.

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And Mona Liza was a portrait of Lucrezia?

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Mona Liza was supposed to be a portrait of one wife named Liza but after Da Vinci finished the painting, he kept it to himself and brought it to France. Could it be that the mysterious smile was about the secrets, lies and sins of Alexander VI and his daughter?

Sources:

http://history.boisestate.edu/hy309/papacy/alexandervi.html

http://www.kausal.com/leonardo/monalisa.html

http://history.boisestate.edu/hy309/papacy/alexandervi.html

http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/popes/alexander-vi/

http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/pope0214.htm

http://www.wga.hu/database/glossary/popes/alexand6.html

http://famous.adoption.com/famous/alexander-vi.html http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/ m0018498.htm

http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/s/si/simony.htm

The cat

9 Comments:

At 1:53 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

cath...there are still lots of things that u have to dig into about this blog. Lucrezia was said to have sex with her brother infront of his father, the then Pope Alexander. in order for you to know more of the mystery of Da Vinci code, your email sources is not enough. go check the Scottish Rites Manuals and the Hidden books of the Freemasons.I will not go further, it was a nice blog, but the info and research from the web is just very bare and not skin deep. Da Vinci code is riddled with history and fiction. but to tell you how many fiction and how many historical footnotes, that is for you to research, since you seem very interested in this. I am a Freemason also and there are many things Dan Brown has written on his book that needed deep understanding and clearer insights from people like you who is interested in the search for the the truth. What is the TRUTH anyway.... as you have read in the Da Vinci code? Is the truth from the book to alter the course of history? or is the book to give doubts in the course of history that had happened. No matter what Dan Brown has said or has given in his book, Da Vinci Code..religion is not thru the book, it is thru the HEART. the heart is the TEMPLE of what you believe in. What do you believe in?

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

frat,
I have studied different world religions and lives of "great people".

I have joined different religious denoms.


I believe in a Universal mind. I believe in miracles and angels.

What I do not believe in are Church canons promulgated by Church authorities in order to control the faithfuls.

It's true that I should not entirely believe in what I read in the web.
The Catholic Church is now starting to " mythify" Alexander VI like what they did to Pope Joan (the female pope)in order to
bury the "sins" of the past by the Vatican.

Recent articles picture him as an able administrator, a mediator and a great political strategist.

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

cath...i dont have qualms or arguments with ur belief. i dont have any argument with what you want to believe, i have no intention of destroying what you believe. i am not the "Devils Advocate" in here. you have blog something that you have researched, that is very good and i admired you for that. with regards to cannon law, you have to understand that all religions have their own rules to follow: "CANNON LAW" is the official LAWS for the Catholic Church. The name is derived from the Greek word "kanon", meaning a MEASURE OF RULE. These laws was enacted by the early bishops of the 13th century.It was completed in 1234 by St. Raymond of Penafort, became to be known as Decretals of Gregory IX.During the reign of Pope John XXIII, he announced in 1959 that he would call for Ecumenical Council, and thus the revision of the Canon Law to be in par with the times. So what is the historical lecture that I am doing here...is to say that the laws of the church is the one that uphelds the practices and traditions and thus the guidelines. One has to understand, all kind of assembly, has to have a certain laws to follow. The church is a body and an assembly, thus the Canon Law. Lots of people hated it, but w/o these laws, where will the church go from here. Even contries of the world has their own laws to follow. The Church have produced lots of men who became greedy and stricken with abnormalcy because of the power that they hold. The church does not treat the anomalies of their people for granted. They have been published and was not kept secret. You are talking about an evil Pope that ruled during the 14th century. The church does not stop because of a bad seed. The churuch learn from the bad seed, then they correct it. We have to look at this as teachings of history, to enrich the furture that the history is taking the church. The church has already coped up with the times, or else we will still have the Inquisitions. The church has gone to the lenght of adjusting with the demands of the times, but the church will not give into the demands because it is being asked and demanded from them. There are certain demands that the church cannot adhere, because the church has their Dogmas to follow and want to preserve them. The catholic church, as you can see, does not demand so much to its people. The church thinking is that people have their own way of thinking, based on their concience, and their personal conviction,because the real church is INSIDE EACH PERSON. The church never and will not stop anybody who does not agree with their teachings.You have blog intelligently, I have nothing to argue about that, but there are things that I know, that I wanted to share also. So, I wanted you to know that there are things about the Da Vinci code that I know that is pure Novelist writings that is not exactly what is said. Maybe I can say that I know what I am talking about this Code, because I am a Freemason also, and male members of my family are members of the Knights Templars and the Scottish Rite, and there are things that we know that is not in conformity with what Dan Brown is saying, and we dont hold it against him. Have you seen any attack against him from the Freemasons and the Scottish Rite Members and the Knights Templars?Sorry, if in case my comments have one way touched a soft cord, that is not the intention of my comments, it is my intention to exchange intellectual ideas, in a subtle and academic ways, which you always shows in ur blog.

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

Oy frat, bakit naging seryoso ka?
Tapilukin kaya kita.

Frat,
pamilya kami ng iba't ibang relihiyon. I was baptized in Aglipayan Church but was educated in Catholic schools.

Lolo ko protestante at sa kaniya ko narining yong SIMONY.

May pinsan akong Saksi at isa naman ay Mormon.

Madalas akong kasama ng boss ko sa service nila sa United Methodist Church. May offering sila concerning five senses. Sa sense of touch, tinanong ko kung ano yon?
Sabi niya maghihipuan daw kami.
Niloloko lang pala ako. Sayang. hakhakhak.

Practising yogi ako noon. Hindi yong exercise kung hindi yong spiritual ekek.

Ito, SIRA pa rin ang ulo. hekhekhek
pakisampal nga.

as to Dan Brown, he does not mean to seek the truth. He used information that have been in circulation for decades.

Mas mysterious, mas bebenta.

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

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At 9:52 PM, Blogger rolly said...

I'm sure you've known this fact before as you seem to have made a relatively extensive research. But for the sake of those who are not in the know, maybe you can also dwell on the fact that the Mona Lisa is the popular name of that painting. But it is also known as La Gioconda. My recollections are vague but I believe there are some quarters who say that it is the portrait of the mistress of one noble man name Gioconda.

there is also the rumor that this is actually a self-portrait. Interesting how stories like these evolved from one painting alone.

 
At 1:41 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

cath... i AM serious with what i give out especially in ur blog comments, because i know there are lots of people who read ur blog. i always want to share what i know to people, and this is the way maybe i cud give out somethings that i know. i love teaching and that is my 2nd job. i give cross cultural lecture and am a para legal researcher during the day. when i give out info, it is not to look so great and overpowering, but to share what i know to other people. just to tell you, i have join the krisna movement also,before... BABANAM KEBALA...

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Leonardo da Vinci paintings said...

Well done on a nice blog c hy. I was searching for information on Leonardo da Vinci and came across your post The Female Pope and the Da Vinci Code - not quite what I was looking for related to Leonardo da Vinci 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 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one thing missing is that Leonardo took the Mona Liza picture in France. The secret meaning of the mysterious picture is in its name Mon Aliza (Mon meaning my and Aliza meaning joy) "My Joy" explains everything doesn't it?

 

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