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Is there a secret knife image in "The Last Supper"?
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  1. Theories about hidden meanings within the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, such as those explained in the popular novel by Dan Brown, "The Da Vinci Code," often meet an enthusiastic audience. Many would like to believe that there are hidden images and secrets locked within da Vinci's "The Last Supper," but the evidence doesn't seem to bear this out. One theory about a mysterious, disembodied hand wielding a knife in "The Last Supper" can be discounted after close inspection: The knife is simply a dinner knife. Also, analysis shows that the hand is not disembodied, as popular speculation claims; rather, Peter is holding the knife, albeit at an odd angle.

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