Fine Arts

What secrets are hidden in da Vinci's "The Last Supper"?
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  1. Professional art historians and amateur hobbyists have grappled for years with the possibility of hidden imagery in Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper." Dan Brown's best-selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code," proposes two theories about the secret meaning behind the painting. The first theory is that Mary Magdalene, not John the Apostle, is actually sitting to the right of Jesus. The second proposed secret meaning behind Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece is that there's a disembodied hand holding a knife and that this symbol bears a message. While both theories have been dismissed by most art historians, they continue to hold sway in popular culture.

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