"The Da Vinci Code"
The Secret Life of Leonardo da Vinci
In 1975, Paris's Bibliothèque Nationale
discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying
numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton,
Victor Hugo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. French President,
Francois Mitterrand, is rumored to have been a member, although
there exists no proof of this.
Modern cryptographers have never been
able to break this code, and a generous reward is offered to anyone
who can decipher the baffling message. In recent years, geological
ultrasounds have revealed the startling presence of an enormous
subterranean vault hidden beneath the chapel. This vault appears to
have no entrance and no exit. To this day, the curators of the
chapel have permitted no excavation.
Opus Dei has recently completed
construction of a $47 million, 133,000-square-foot American
Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City
(click image right).
The number of cameras is so great that a
staff of several hundred wardens would be required to monitor all of
them. In fact, most of the cameras are fake.
Although Da Vinci did as they requested, when he delivered the work, the group reacted with horror. The painting contained several disturbing "un-Christian" anomalies, which seemed to convey a hidden message and alternative meaning (click above left image). Da Vinci eventually mollified the confraternity by painting them a second version of Madonna of the Rocks, (click above right image) which now hangs in London's National Gallery under the name Virgin of the Rocks.
Da Vinci's original hangs at the Louvre in Paris.