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31 January, 2005

Supplementing the da Vinci code

I read 'The Da Vinci Code' yesterday.  Yes, all 550+ pages - the, er, 'quality' of the prose and plot meant it was easy to read quickly.

Without revealing spoilers, key plot points rely on interpretation of details in Leonardo's (not "da Vinci's") 'fresco' (it's not a fresco), 'The Last Supper', so I did a Google search for an image of it this morning.
I discovered this, a point-by-point rebuttal of Brown's whole thesis (if indeed it is Brown's - there have been credible accusations of plagiarism).

Sorry, conspiracy fans, but many of the provable glaring errors rather undermine the central idea. It's okay as thought-provoking fiction, but the problem is Brown assertion - which certainly boosted sales - that historical information in the book is all factually accurate.
I'm not going to question his interpretations (I'll leave that to Bart Ehrman), but based on the provable aspects (e.g. in Leonardo's 'Madonna Of The Rocks', John is plainly on the left, Jesus on the right, not the reverse, as Brown claims; or whilst Brown claims the Louvre's glass pyramid deliberately contains 666 panes, anyone can go there and count 673), it's unrealistic to claim the book to be substantively factual, or even well-researched.


Funny - that's exactly the same link I found just after finishing it too. Poor Lisa Shea - she must be overwhelmed.

Did you see that Tony Robinson is doing a programme about it on Channel 4 soon?

Posted by Siobhan at January 31, 2005 12:44 PM

Please note: this entry was about the book, and only the book. This is not an appropriate forum for discussion of the subject matter itself.

Cheap attempts to promote related books will be deleted immediately.

Posted by NRT at February 22, 2005 06:50 PM
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