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Fra Agostino Leyre, a Papal Inquisitor, is sent to Milan to confirm--or not--the messages of the "Soothsayer," who alleges that Leonardo Da Vinci is a heretic and has hidden heretical messages in his painting of The Last Supper. Leonardo is a figure larger than life, literally. A blue-eyed, tall, handsome man, always dressed in white, he is surrounded by faithful students and friends who are his acolytes. His brilliant mind, ranging over a multitude of ideas, has gained him a reputation for "hiding heterodox ideas in paintings apparently pious."
What Father Agostino follows is a labyrinthine path through alliances and rivalries, differences of opinion about Leonardo and a discussion of the heresy of the Cathars. They are a fascinating sect, more extra-Christianity than Christian heretics. Their practices are based on a belief that certain deprivations--primarily food and sex--will purify and make them worthy. Sierra is a very fine guide, taking the reader through palaces and monasteries rife with intrigue and typical of the flowering of intellect that came after the Dark Ages. It is a time when "Suddenly, from one day to the next, Plato's Greece, Cleopatra's Egypt and even the extravagant curiosities of the Chinese Empire that Marco Polo discovered seemed to deserve greater praise than our own Scriptural stories." Dangerous for the incumbency.
A compelling case is made that Leonardo's heretical beliefs are there for all to see in The Last Supper, if only we know how to find them. Sierra gives us the key--and keeps the suspense going right up to the end of the book. It isn't necessary to believe any of it, or even care if it's true, to enjoy this pilgrimage through another time and place. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this story of the Last Supper and the hidden message in the painting. In the midst of religious Italy
Leonardo da Vinci is completing his painting on a wall at the... Read more
A very interesting plot, I would like to know were the source plot came from. Was it his own idea or the product of research? Read morePublished 9 months ago by terence spencer
This novel centers around da Vinci's Last Supper and an implied secret lore. Actually, Jesus as the "foretold" Messiah/Moses-persona was scripted by the Essenes to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. J. STREET
As I was reading this book I kept waiting for it to take off. I remember thinking "when is this book going to get rolling? Read morePublished 21 months ago by Scully
Having read a previous novel by Sierra, which I had liked very much, this one I found very disappointing. The story though good, somehow left me dissatisfied.Published 22 months ago by Doña María
The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra is an enjoyable read. Though not in the same league with Dan Brown's DaVinci Code it stands alone quite well with its own interpertation. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Chris Felcher
Well told back-story about Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper". Javier Sierra capitalizes on the 20-year restoration of the painting (1976-96) as well as the widely published... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by G. Monaco
This book was $1 at a discount store and I paid too much at that. I was determined to finish the book but it seemed to take forever. The story never developed. Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by Ender