I know, but the guy knew his stuff, and there are books that break down his theories, like 'Decoding the da Vinci Code' that visit every place mentions in the book and all the other theories. I'm not saying it's right, but a lot of research has been done on it.Originally Posted by Zui Quan
EDIT: let me clarify some things, I was kinda in a hurry...
Yes, the da Vinci Code is fiction. The characters and events aren't real. But the book is based around factual places and real theories that people (especially members of the Catholic church) have been debating before. It wasn't until the 80s that anyone began thinking that there were hidden meanings behind the Last Supper, and after doing some research about da Vinci, people began suspecting that he had other motives for doing the painting. thus, the da Vinci Code (the theory) was born. See, da Vinci did all these paintings for the Church, cause they were paying him good money. But he really didn't believe in the Church, and so he began messing around with his paintings by putting all these 'conspiracies' in them (I don't wanna ruin the book for anyone, so I won't go in to detail) There is a cloth that hangs in the Vatacan called 'The shroud of Churin(sp?) that many thought to be the cloth that Jesus was buried in. It has the faint outline of a man. But some people think that da Vinci is the one who created it, just to mess with the Catholics. The way the figure is painted on is someting that may believe only da Vinci had the techniques to do.
Back to the topic at hand, the Mona Lisa is considered an artistic masterpiece, because of the technique that da Vinci used; the way he blended the colors, and no one has been able to replicate it.