The Da Vinci Coda
My favorite Leonardo (as opposed to that other Leonardo) was in the news about 2 weeks ago, but I've just gotten around to posting about it now.
An Italian musician/computer technician, Giovanni Maria Pala, has discovered what may possibly be a hidden musical composition in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” He determined that by drawing the five lines of a musical staff across the painting, the loaves of bread on the table as well as the hands of Jesus and the Apostles could each represent a musical note.
Alessandro Vezzosi, a Da Vinci expert and director of a museum dedicated to the artist in his hometown of Vinci, states that the musician's hypothesis "is plausible," noting that Da Vinci was also a musician who played the lyre, designed various instruments, and included some musical riddles in his writings. Read more.
BTW, I thought I was being clever by giving this post the title “Da Vinci Coda” but then I Googled the phrase and found that ABC News had already used it. Guess I’m not all that original and clever. Oh well.