Monday, November 12, 2007

DaVinci the Composer?

This is unspeakably cool. An Italian musician has uncovered what he believes to be a piece of music encoded in Leonardo DaVinci's Last Supper. He suggests that it's a requiem, meant to convey the somber mood of the last supper as an event.

I absolutely love - and am not at all surprised - by the idea that Leonardo would have created complementary works of art to touch multiple senses.

It does make me think, though, that the one thing that sort of sucks about food is its ephemeral nature. Maybe the artist also recreated the meal itself - the smells and tastes (and sights) - but unless he wrote about it, we really wouldn't know.

Reading this does make me want to recreate some old menus, though, and go hunting for symbolism in every dish.

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