A brand-spanking new theory about Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper is apparently causing websites to crash like mad under high demand. Slavisa Pesci, described as a "information technologist and amateur scholar" in the linked article, has superimposed a reversed image of the original and says he sees certain things in the resultant image. People all over the world are mobbing the websites with the image.
MILAN (Reuters) – A new theory that Leonardo's "Last Supper" might hide within it a depiction of Christ blessing the bread and wine has triggered so much interest that Web sites connected to the picture have crashed.
The famous fresco is already the focus of mythical speculation after author Dan Brown based his "The Da Vinci Code" book around the painting, arguing in the novel that Jesus married his follower, Mary Magdelene, and fathered a child.
Now Slavisa Pesci, an information technologist and amateur scholar, says superimposing the "Last Supper" with its mirror-image throws up another picture containing a figure who looks like a Templar knight and another holding a small baby.
"I came across it by accident, from some of the details you can infer that we are not talking about chance but about a precise calculation," Pesci told journalists when he unveiled the theory earlier this week.
Pesci says he can see what appears to be a child cradled in the arms of one figure, the hint of a goblet in front of Christ and other items of interest. In the interests of internet scholarship I took an image of the Last Supper, copied it and flipped it, then superimposed it. I have no idea if this is what Pesci did or what he has up on his websites – they are all down. But it matches at least some of what is described in the article. I am embedding a smaller image, but clicking the image should bring up a full sized one. This is a straight superimposition, no alterations. The flipped layer is at 50% transparency, nothing else has been done to the image.
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This could prove to be a useful tool in the coming days. Bwahahaha.
UPDATE: I've just uploaded the full size image to Flickr – this post is causing problems for the server, apparently. Clicking the photo should shunt you to Flickr or you can download the image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluecrabboulevard-photoalley/. Please consider crediting Blue Crab Boulevard if you use the image. It is not copyrighted and is generated from a Wikipedia photograph.