Music Decoded in Last Supper

Italian musician finds requiem hidden in famous fresco
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2007 8:13 AM CST
Italian musician and computer technician Giovanni Maria Pala talks during an interview, in Rome, Monday, Oct. 22, 2007. Pala, a 45-year-old musician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Touting his find as a "real da Vinci code," an Italian musician claims to have found a musical score hidden by Leonardo da Vinci in The Last Supper.  "It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni Maria Pala tells the Discovery Channel, describing the short piece whose notes are made up of the loaves of bread and apostles' hands visible in the 500-year-old fresco.

"There's always a risk of seeing something that is not there," Pala admits, "but it's certain that the spaces are divided harmonically." In addition to the dirge, Pala says in a new book he's uncovered a Hebrew message and the image of a chalice. Such a glut of imagery "cannot just be coincidences," Pala insists. (Read more Giovanni Maria Pala stories.)