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Tuesday, 07. August 2007
Hidden Images, Da Vinci & The Last Supper
Author and photographer Derek Bair says the recent discussions of mirror image details from Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper are just a continuation of his discoveries revealed last year. He also claims to have evidence of other Da Vinci painting mysteries.
After the recent explosion of press and controversy over Slavisa Pesci's discovery of hidden images in the Last Supper, author Derek Bair is claiming to have made this same discovery last year. An article about Derek and his discoveries was posted on 'Unexplained Mysteries" back in September 2006:
A real Da Vinci Code ?
He has his research on his website Itsjustlife and he has also created a separate Last Supper site to go into more details and updates.
Derek actually started his research by mirroring paintings on themselves and noticing strange images being formed in them. The Last Supper is just one of the paintings he's discovered hidden images inside. His main focus has been on the Mona Lisa and another painting with an uncredited painter of Salai - Da Vinci's lover. In his book "Discovering Da Vinci's Daughter" Derek documents how and what he's found. He claims to have discovered a new painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. He also gives Da Vinci credit for the creation of the Shroud of Turin (it combines with his drawing of the Vitruvian Man) and the true identity of the Mona Lisa.
In Chapter 3 of his book, "A matter of perspective", Derek already explains the process of mirroring the Last Supper on itself and how it creates what looks like a baby being passed around the table - almost a year before Slavisa Pesci released his findings. Derek actually released two press releases for his book but received no response. In light of the attention The Last Supper's getting it's easy to understand Derek's frustration.
"I've been working on my book for over a year, dedicated my entire life to it, but have only sold four copies so far! (Besides the copies my Mom bought!) When I first saw an article about 'Hidden images in the Last Supper' my heart dropped! Then dropped even more when it was credited to someone else! Then I really freaked out when his site got 15 million hits in a single day! For something I already have had in my book for months!"
Derek has found even more since finishing his book and makes updates on his website and his blog and he's made his book available to read for free on his site.
Derek claims that once he figures the process out that the Mona Lisa will actually produce something like an animation. He believes that what he's found is something Leonardo Da Vinci left behind for someone to piece together. Despite the controversy and claims of codes and conspiracy Derek developed his theories based off of Da Vinci's own journals and art. He's even found numbers and arrows in the corners of an image he's created from one of Da Vinci's paintings that he thinks might be directions or coordinates of some kind.
"I think it's important to remember that Da Vinci is considered to be the greatest genius who has ever lived! What would you do with all that knowledge before there was even such a thing as a light bulb, or photography? You would paint it, layer by layer, everything you knew, everything you had figured out about the world that no one living in your time would believe or understand - THAT is what I believe the Mona Lisa and his art contains. Not a code, but his true legacy to the world - our secrets. I think we're just scratching the surface of what will surely be the greatest re-discovery ever made. Once the right people analyze what I've found and read my book, I think the world will be in for quite a surprise."
Ever since the hype surrounding the Last Supper's hidden images began, hundreds of "photo-shoppers" around the world have been confirming and expanding on the theory of "Hidden Images." Derek says this is what he always expected would happen and that he's glad to see that people are seeing the same things he has.
There are also other websites, which has been finding hidden images inside Da Vinci's art as well with even more evidence to support the theory of hidden images:
Realm of the Twelve (Last Supper) by Gary Phillips who is also working on similar things with the last supper.
N 2 da Vinci and Beyond - also some really amazing discoveries with the Last Supper and Da Vinci's paintings by L. A. Jansann.
(The exact same process and discovery was just found by Slavisa Pesci and his web sites are 'www.leonardodavinci.tv', 'www.codicedavinci.tv', 'www.cenacolo.biz' and 'www.leonardo2007.com' which I haven't even been able to see yet because they had so many visitors they crashed!)
And don't miss some other aspects:
The Last Supper in Milan (1498), by Leonardo da Vinci.
With the huge commercial success of Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code", some of the theories from this book became very popular. One of them says that Leonardo da Vinci placed Mary Magdalene and not St. John next to Jesus in his Last Supper painting. But a lot of other artist gave St. John, who was called "the beloved disciple" in the Bible, a certain look, which is now considered by many people as "feminine", but not necessarily five centuries ago.
St. John in Art (English and German)
The intellectual influence of Renaissance Hermeticism on art, rather than a depiction of Mary Magdalene at the Last Supper, is the basis for A Different da Vinci Code. This is an alternative explanation of Leonardo's symbolism, which proposes the typical use of transgender figures in various artworks of the period as a veiled reference to the alchemical androgyne (cf. Sophia/Baphomet), representing the keenly anticipated rebirth of classical knowledge and culture:
A Different Da Vinci Code - The missing pieces of Leonardo's puzzle point to plain and simple Hermeticism by Jennifer Emick.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper (High Resolution Zoomable image)
Frescos of Last Suppers in the Renaissance Refectories of Florence and
Paintings of Last Suppers in Venice by Adrian Fletcher.
A lot of Artwork and Paintings of the Lord's Supper and Last Supper
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson.
And for The Last Supper in culture, art, drama and film, and popular culture check the Wiki.
UPDATE 12.08.07: In the context of this post, Craig Conley mailed me this:
"Did a blurred view of the moon influence the smile of the Mona Lisa?
The answer is yes!
I put together this animation to show how the craters of a blurry harvest moon perfectly line up with the eyes, nose, and enigmatic smile of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa."
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