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Does Mary Magdalene appear in da Vinci's "The Last Supper"?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. One of the many theories regarding Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" is that Mary Magdalene appears in the painting as an effeminate-looking figure next to Jesus, and that she's simply mistaken for the apostle John. This speculation, however, seems illogical, since it would mean that da Vinci had chosen to remove John, one of Jesus' most important apostles, from this famous scene - while leaving in all 11 of the other disciples. Another rebuttal to the Mary-as-John theory is based on widely accepted scholarly evidence that shows that 15th-century art often displayed John the way he was portrayed in "The Last Supper" - with long hair and rather delicate features.

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