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  • In his final moments of life, the curator had stripped off his clothing and arranged his body in a clear image of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
  • A feminine symbol of protection, the circle around the naked man’s body completed Da Vinci’s intended message—male and female harmony.
  • "Mr. Langdon," Fache said, "certainly a man like yourself is aware that Leonardo da Vinci had a tendency toward the darker arts."
  • Langdon was surprised by Fache’s knowledge of Da Vinci, and it certainly went a long way toward explaining the captain’s suspicions about devil worship.
  • Da Vinci had always been an awkward subject for historians, especially in the Christian tradition.
  • Even Da Vinci’s enormous output of breathtaking Christian art only furthered the artist’s reputation for spiritual hypocrisy.
  • Unfortunately, Da Vinci was a prankster who often amused himself by quietly gnawing at the hand that fed him.
  • That particular sketch has always been my favorite Da Vinci work.
  • All the Da Vinci and goddess symbolism?
  • The symbolism of the clues meshed too perfectly—the pentacle, The Vitruvian Man, Da Vinci, the goddess, and even the Fibonacci sequence.
  • Da Vinci… Fibonacci numbers… the pentacle.
  • Nobody understood better than Da Vinci the divine structure of the human body.
  • Da Vinci actually exhumed corpses to measure the exact proportions of human bone structure.
  • We’ve only touched on Da Vinci today, but we’ll be seeing a lot more of him this semester.
  • Da Vinci was in a secret society?
  • Even so, many art historians suspected Da Vinci’s reverence for the Mona Lisa had nothing to do with its artistic mastery.
  • Da Vinci’s veneration for this work, many claimed, stemmed from something far deeper: a hidden message in the layers of paint.
  • Da Vinci painted the horizon line on the left significantly lower than the right.
  • Da Vinci didn’t do that too often.
  • Actually, this is a little trick Da Vinci played.
  • By lowering the countryside on the left, Da Vinci made Mona Lisa look much larger from the left side than from the right side.
  • A little Da Vinci inside joke.
  • Because Da Vinci was a big fan of feminine principles, he made Mona Lisa look more majestic from the left than the right.
  • Historians don’t generally put it quite that way, but yes, Da Vinci was a homosexual.
  • Actually, Da Vinci was in tune with the balance between male and female.
  • Is it true that the Mona Lisa is a picture of Da Vinci in drag? I heard that was true.
  • Whatever Da Vinci was up to," Langdon said, "his Mona Lisa is neither male nor female.
  • But actually Da Vinci left a big clue that the painting was supposed to be androgynous.
  • And that, my friends, is Da Vinci’s little secret, and the reason for Mona Lisa’s knowing smile.
  • Grouard screamed, frozen in horror as he watched the priceless Da Vinci stretching.
  • I can’t put a bullet through a Da Vinci!
  • The Da Vinci she had grabbed, much like the Mona Lisa, was notorious among art historians for its plethora of hidden pagan symbolism.
  • Although Da Vinci did as they requested, when he delivered the work, the group reacted with horror.
  • was a perfect anagram of… Leonardo da Vinci!
  • Leonardo da Vinci was better at it than anyone.
  • At that moment, at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome, the jolt of tires hitting the runway startled Bishop Aringarosa from his slumber.
  • Once headed by Leonardo da Vinci?
  • It was all intertwined, a silent symphony echoing the deepest secrets of the Priory of Sion and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Quite simply, the Mona Lisa was famous because Leonardo da Vinci claimed she was his finest accomplishment.
  • The driver who collected Bishop Aringarosa from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport pulled up in a small, unimpressive black Fiat sedan.
  • Considered the most anatomically correct drawing of its day, Da Vinci’s The Vitruvian Man had become a modern-day icon of culture, appearing on posters, mouse pads, and T-shirts around the world.
  • And, Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Da Vinci was a prankster, and computerized analysis of the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci’s self-portraits confirm some startling points of congruency in their faces.
  • Da Vinci was a prankster, and computerized analysis of the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci’s self-portraits confirm some startling points of congruency in their faces.
  • Gazing up at the large painting behind which she was partially ensconced, Sophie realized that Leonardo da Vinci, for the second time tonight, was there to help.
  • Da Vinci presided over the Priory between 1510 and 1519 as the brotherhood’s Grand Master, which might help explain your grandfather’s passion for Leonardo’s work.
  • Da Vinci.
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  • The bizarre scene Da Vinci had painted included an awkwardly posed Virgin Mary sitting with Baby Jesus, John the Baptist, and the Angel Uriel on a perilous outcropping of rocks.
  • Painted on a poplar wood panel, her ethereal, mist-filled atmosphere was attributed to Da Vinci’s mastery of the sfumato style, in which forms appear to evaporate into one another.
  • Accepting hundreds of lucrative Vatican commissions, Da Vinci painted Christian themes not as an expression of his own beliefs but rather as a commercial venture—a means of funding a lavish lifestyle.
  • As Sophie recalled her first childhood visit to the Denon Wing, she realized that if her grandfather had a secret to tell her, few places on earth made a more apt rendezvous than Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
  • Knowing the guard would never actually shoot either of them, Sophie now turned her attention back to the matter at hand, scanning the entire area around one masterpiece in particular—another Da Vinci.
  • Langdon’s students were always amused to learn that Da Vinci eventually mollified the confraternity by painting them a second, "watered-down" version of Madonna of the Rocks in which everyone was arranged in a more orthodox manner.
  • He pulled up another slide—a pale yellow parchment displaying Leonardo da Vinci’s famous male nude—The Vitruvian Man—named for Marcus Vitruvius, the brilliant Roman architect who praised the Divine Proportion in his text De Architectura.
  • Da Vinci’s original commission for Madonna of the Rocks had come from an organization known as the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, which needed a painting for the centerpiece of an altar triptych in their church of San Francesco in Milan.
  • The era of Grand Master Da Vinci.
  • The truth was that some anonymous painter had filled in Da Vinci’s sketch like a paint-by-numbers years after Da Vinci’s death.
  • The truth was that some anonymous painter had filled in Da Vinci’s sketch like a paint-by-numbers years after Da Vinci’s death.
  • "Da Vinci?" he muttered, looking again at the canister.
  • According to my grandfather, the blueprints come from one of Da Vinci’s secret diaries.
  • Sophie explained that creating models of Da Vinci’s inventions was one of her grandfather’s bestloved hobbies.
  • Da Vinci had drawn up blueprints for hundreds of inventions he had never built.
  • Da Vinci had been a cryptology pioneer, Sophie knew, although he was seldom given credit.
  • Da Vinci, however, eschewed mathematics and cryptology for a mechanical solution.
  • Because Da Vinci is too smart for that.
  • And Da Vinci’s views on the New Testament?
  • Da Vinci is talking about the Bible?
  • In fact, Da Vinci painted the true Grail, which I will show you momentarily, but first we must speak of the Bible.
  • Sophie glanced at the art book before her, eager to move on and see the Da Vinci painting of the Holy Grail.
  • Sophie looked again at the Da Vinci quote before her.
  • And finally, before I show you Da Vinci’s paintings of the Holy Grail, I’d like you to take a quick look at this.
  • Oddly, Da Vinci appears to have forgotten to paint the Cup of Christ.
  • You will be shocked to learn what anomalies Da Vinci included here that most scholars either do not see or simply choose to ignore.
  • And if we adjourn to the study, my friends, it would be my honor to show you Da Vinci’s painting of her.
  • Now, at last, the fresco has been cleaned down to Da Vinci’s original layer of paint.
  • You can see that Da Vinci was well aware of how Peter felt about Mary Magdalene.
  • At first Langdon thought he could not read them because Da Vinci wrote his notebooks in an archaic Italian.
  • In the bizarre underworld of modern Grail seekers, Leonardo da Vinci remained the quest’s great enigma.
  • They were invented by Leonardo da Vinci.
  • I was raised by a man who worshipped Leonardo da Vinci.
  • LEONARDO DA VINCI "Here’s another," Teabing said, pointing to a different quote.
  • LEONARDO DA VINCI Sophie felt a little chill.
  • Throughout his entire life, Disney had been hailed as "the Modern-Day Leonardo da Vinci."
  • The author of the pages—Leonardo da Vinci.
  • For this reason, Grail enthusiasts still pored over Da Vinci’s art and diaries in hopes of unearthing a hidden clue as to the Grail’s current location.
  • Seracini had revealed beyond any doubt that while the Adoration’s gray-green sketched underdrawing was indeed Da Vinci’s work, the painting itself was not.
  • Sophie was staring at the most famous fresco of all time—The Last Supper—Da Vinci’s legendary painting from the wall of Santa Maria delle Grazie near Milan.
  • Most recently, of course, had been the earthshaking discovery that Da Vinci’s famed Adoration of the Magi was hiding a dark secret beneath its layers of paint.
  • Even a cursory glance through Da Vinci’s journals revealed why the luminary was as notorious for his lack of follow-through as he was famous for his brilliance.
  • Maybe Da Vinci’s plethora of tantalizing clues was nothing but an empty promise left behind to frustrate the curious and bring a smirk to the face of his knowing Mona Lisa.
  • Langdon quickly told her about works by Da Vinci, Botticelli, Poussin, Bernini, Mozart, and Victor Hugo that all whispered of the quest to restore the banished sacred feminine.
  • Historians still debated whether Da Vinci wrote this way simply to amuse himself or to keep people from peering over his shoulder and stealing his ideas, but the point was moot.
  • As their armored truck roared down the highway, Sophie explained to Langdon that the cryptex had been Da Vinci’s solution to the dilemma of sending secure messages over long distances.
  • The idea that the cryptex had been designed by Leonardo da Vinci—former Grand Master of the Priory of Sion—shone as another tantalizing indicator that this was indeed the Priory keystone.
  • Still others claimed that X rays of the Mona Lisa revealed she originally had been painted wearing a lapis lazuli pendant of Isis—a detail Da Vinci purportedly later decided to paint over.
  • Photographs taken with infrared reflectography and X ray suggested that this rogue painter, while filling in Da Vinci’s sketched study, had made suspicious departures from the underdrawing… as if to subvert Da Vinci’s true intention.
  • Photographs taken with infrared reflectography and X ray suggested that this rogue painter, while filling in Da Vinci’s sketched study, had made suspicious departures from the underdrawing… as if to subvert Da Vinci’s true intention.
  • Da Vinci did as he pleased.
  • It doesn’t take the brains of Da Vinci to guess what you saw.
  • For centuries, men like Da Vinci, Botticelli, and Newton risked everything to protect the documents and carry out that charge.
  • You will join the ranks of the great men you admire—Da Vinci, Botticelli, Newton—each of whom would have been honored to be in your shoes right now.
  • Da Vinci… Botticelli… Adorned in masters’ loving art, She lies.
  • The eighteen folios—now known as Leonardo’s Codex Leicester after their famous owner, the Earl of Leicester—were all that remained of one of Leonardo’s most fascinating notebooks: essays and drawings outlining Da Vinci’s progressive theories on astronomy, geology, archaeology, and hydrology.
  • Moreover, the artist’s eerie eccentricities projected an admittedly demonic aura: Da Vinci exhumed corpses to study human anatomy; he kept mysterious journals in illegible reverse handwriting; he believed he possessed the alchemic power to turn lead into gold and even cheat God by creating an elixir to postpone death; and his inventions included horrific, never-before-imagined weapons of war and torture.
  • Designed by Da Vinci in 1495 as an outgrowth of his earliest anatomy and kinesiology studies, the internal mechanism of the robot knight possessed accurate joints and tendons, and was designed to sit up, wave its arms, and move its head via a flexible neck while opening and closing an anatomically correct jaw.
  • Cataloged under Number 4° lm1 249, the Dossiers Secrets had been authenticated by many specialists and incontrovertibly confirmed what historians had suspected for a long time: Priory Grand Masters included Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and, more recently, Jean Cocteau, the famous Parisian artist.
  • "I understand your concerns," Langdon now said, "but Da Vinci never really practiced any dark arts.
  • …1220-1266 GUILLAUME DE GlSORS 1266-1307 EDOUARD DE BAR 1307-1336 JEANNE DE BAR 1336-1351 JEAN DE SAINT-CLAIR 1351-1366 BLANCE D’EVREUX 1366-1398 NICOLAS FLAMEL 1398-1418 RENE D’ANJOU 1418-1480 IOLANDE DE BAR 1480-1483 SANDRO BOTTICELLI 1483-1510 LEONARDO DA VINCI 1510-1519 CONNETABLE DE BOURBON 1519-1527 FERDINAND DE GONZAQUE 1527-1575 LOUIS DE NEVERS 1575-1595 ROBERT FLUDD 1595-1637 J. VALENTIN ANDREA 1637-1654 ROBERT BOYLE 1654-1691 ISAAC NEWTON 1691-1727 CHARLES RADCLYFFE 1727-1746…
  • From Da Vinci’s notebook on polemics and speculation," Teabing said, indicating one quote in particular.
  • Da Vinci lays it all out in the open in The Last Supper" Sophie scanned the work eagerly.
  • "It’s a matter of historical record," Teabing said, "and Da Vinci was certainly aware of that fact.
  • Designed from Da Vinci’s diaries," Sophie said.
  • Saunière had created a life-sized replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous sketch.
  • Saunière, it seemed, at every turn, was reinforcing his fondness for the dark and mischievous side of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Maybe, by imitating a famous Da Vinci drawing, Saunière was simply echoing some of their shared frustrations with the modern Church’s demonization of the goddess.
  • There in the bowels of the Louvre… with images of PHI and Da Vinci swirling through his mind, Robert Langdon suddenly and unexpectedly deciphered Saunière’s code.
  • 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, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • I was just thinking that Saunière shared a lot of spiritual ideologies with Da Vinci, including a concern over the Church’s elimination of the sacred feminine from modern religion.
  • Over the next half hour, Langdon showed them slides of artwork by Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Da Vinci, and many others, demonstrating each artist’s intentional and rigorous adherence to the Divine Proportion in the layout of his compositions.
  • A talented craftsman who spent hours in his wood and metal shop, Jacques Saunière enjoyed imitating master craftsmen—Fabergé, assorted cloisonne artisans, and the less artistic, but far more practical, Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Da Vinci, Botticelli, Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, Jean Cocteau… Jacques Saunière.
  • One of Jacques Saunière’s favorite pastimes was bringing Da Vinci’s more obscure brainstorms to life—timepieces, water pumps, cryptexes, and even a fully articulated model of a medieval French knight, which now stood proudly on the desk in his office.
  • In Saunière’s case, the curator had received a dinner invitation to Château Villette to discuss the possibility of Teabing’s funding a new Da Vinci Wing at the Louvre.
  • Having listened to Saunière’s conversations for months now, the Teacher had heard the Grand Master mention this famous knight on occasion, expressing esteem almost matching that he held for Da Vinci.

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