Ancient Riddles to Test Our Wits: DaVinci’s Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper in Santa Maria delle Grazie painted in 1498. Wikimedia, public domain.

© 2017 B. L. Freeborn

Another ancient riddle presents itself in this fabulous and famous painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. It is well known he was involved in secret societies. Is he revealing any secrets in this painting?

Note the following possible symbolism:

  • The figure of Jesus creates a vertical triangle.
  • The empty space to his right creates an inverted triangle.
  • The man to his left is pointing upwards with his right hand.
  • The feminine figure on Jesus’ right has a disembodied left hand slicing across his neck suggesting beheading.
  • All the cups on the table are made of clear glass making them difficult to see.
  • There is a large dish in front of Jesus central to the image.
  • The image is painted and centered over a door.
  • The window behind Jesus has an arch painted over it.
  • The painted ceiling is a grid of 36 squares.
  • The disciples are grouped 3 and 3 on each side. There are 3 windows on the back wall and 3 pillars on each side.

A closer examination of the Last Supper reveals clues to da Vinci’s knowledge of long held secrets.

    Perhaps some meaning can be affixed to this possible symbolism.
    • Are the cups on the table nearly invisible because they are not important to the real story?
    • Is the grid work the man points to on the ceiling supposed to represent longitude and latitude lines?
    • Are the 36 squares supposed to suggest the 360 degrees of a circle?
    • Are the repeating 3’s used to suggest 33? Is this the 33 of Scottish Masonry or is it latitude from the North Pole which is 57 degrees north latitude where Hudson Bay lies?
    • Is the arch above the highest window the Nastapoka Arc of Hudson Bay where it appears a massive comet impacted?
    • Is the dish central to the image and over the door to indicate it is a large round opening?
    • The up and down triangles are seen in the Grave Creek Stone below. The symbolism is also seen in the letter N and in the first Hebrew letter aleph which is essentially an N as well.
    • Is he saying the ‘central mountain’ ‘went in’ to a ‘disc shaped hole’ with a pronounced arc?
    • Does all this imply it was mother Earth itself that was beheaded?

Note the similarities to other ancient art studied in previous posts as shown below.

Copy of stone found at Grave Creek Mound, West Virginia, Ohio River. The middle column depicts the up and down triangles.

Shaman Bear from Newark Mounds, Newark, Ohio. The man holds a decapitated head on his lap.

Assyrian Relief, Detail of Cup, Brooklyn Museum. The dish on the center of the table like the dish in the relief seems to be central to the topic.

Gaitskill Stone Tablet from ancient Ohio showing grid and pole at top.

Baal, a Statute from Ugarit.14th to 12th BC. Louvre, Wikipedia. The man points up with his right hand and his left hand is held low.

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