The Secret Supper: A Novel
Title: The Secret Supper: A Novel
Author: Javier Sierra
Sent to oversee the completion of Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” Dominican inquisitor Fray Agustin Leyre investigates the artist’s omission of key elements and use of symbolic imagery, which suggests that there is a coded message in the painting.
Tightly paced and atmospheric, The Secret Supper is a dazzling historical thriller with a unique vision of both Leonardo da Vinci’s genius and his masterpiece — which you will never look at in the same way again.
Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing “The Last Supper.” Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling — and blasphemous — message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics — and none of them are depicted with halos. And why has the artist painted himself into the scene with his back turned toward Jesus? The clues to Leonardo’s greatest puzzle are right before your eyes….