Articles about Da Vinci and The Davinci Code

Leonardo da Vinci was an amazing man: an inventor, artist, sculptor, architect, scientist, musician, mathematician, engineer, writer, and more. Some consider him the father of paleontology and architecture, he is widely considered one of the greatest painters in history. Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is the source of much speculation and many conspiracy theories, and plays an important role in modern fiction.

Dan Brown is an American novelist whose most well-known work of fiction, The DaVinci Code, retells the ridiculous story from Holy Blood, Holy Grail: that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married, and that their descendants are alive today. Despite being fiction, the book is written in ways that cast doubt on established historical facts. Many have been confused by the book, causing them to wonder whether the historic Christian faith is true.

I'd like to even give Brown credit for being imaginative...but I can't. I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail in 1986 or so, and it would be kind to only say that Brown plagiarizes heavily from it. That book was interesting fiction too, despite its claims.

Nope. Here are a few reasons why we know that Leonardo da Vinci's painting doesn't tell the same story we read in the Bible: In the painting, it's daytime. The Passover meal would have been eaten after sundown.

The book is fiction. Historical fiction takes an imaginary story and surrounds it with historical facts or historical supposition. Despite my (marginal) interest in conspiracy theories, there's not enough historical data to make the story of Mary's involvement in the Knights Templar.

Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper was painted to show the reaction of each apostle after Jesus said that one of them would betray him. The men in the painting were identified using the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, which were found in the 1800's.

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