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The Secret Supper

The Secret Supper - Javier Sierra, Alberto Manguel

bookshelves: summer-2010, mystery-thriller, published-2004, translation, art-forms, historical-fiction, italy

Read from June 07 to 08, 2010


** spoiler alert ** Don't think I have ever read a book where da Vinci's 'flying close to the Inquisitional wind' has been so poignantly illustrated. He did fly there intermittently but evaded magnificently.

His Last Supper was so very, very unconventional that many thought he must be the devil incarnate. I suppose he was if you look at things in the reverse view from the binoculars.

Here we have a much vaunted riddle, the solving of which becomes somewhat palling in the mid-section(sic) but all is resolved by the end. Need to re-read Nag Hammadi on the strength of this.


Need sommit juicier than The Joy Luck Club for walking in the forest in the delightful rain.

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Blurbification - In January of 1497, Fray Augustin Leyre, a Dominican Inquisitor and expert on the interpretation of secret messages, is sent to supervise Leonardo Da Vinci's last touches to "The Last Supper" painting. He was sent by Alejandro VI who had heard that Da Vinci was painting the twelve apostles without their halo of sanctity, that the chalice was missing, and that Leonardo had painted himself in the painting with his back to Jesus. This could have sent him to the inquisition. Why then did he do this? Was Leonardo Da Vinci a heretic? Full of misleading facts and controversies, "The Secret Supper" reveals the truth behind Da Vinci's best-known Christian piece. After finishing this novel, you'll never see "The Last Supper" in the same way again.


Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing The Last Supper. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling -- and blasphemous -- message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics -- and none of them are depicted with halos. And why has the artist painted himself into the scene with his back turned toward Jesus? The clues to Leonardo's greatest puzzle are right before your eyes....