An Extra Hand in DaVinci’s Last Supper?


The Disembodied Hand in Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper

by Shelley Essak/Thought.Co

Readers of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” will find an art history question posed about Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Is there an extra hand there that is not attached to anyone and is holding a dagger? If so, what could that mean?


If you check a print of “The Last Supper” and count the arms of the disciples staged at the left end of the table, there are 12 arms which match the number of people. These are, from left to right, Bartholomew, James the Minor, Andrew (with his hands thrown up in a “stop” gesture), Judas (seated, face turned away), Peter (standing and angry), and John, whose feminine appearance is the subject of another set of questions.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. Here is Jesus Christ “The Son of God” having his “The Last Supper” with His (12) Disciples

    (6) Disciples on the Left (6) Disciples on the Right, with the Disciples’ (24) Arms
    On The Table or, on Another Disciple’s Shoulder, Etc…

    “John, whose feminine appearance is the subject of another set of questions.”

    —Let alone in those days, were most of them have long hair, even in 2019 as we all know,
    Some Men like to let their hair grow very long; it does NOT make them look Feminine.

  2. It is the undeniable statement of the presence and personification of Horus. Oct 2 – 12th.
    The Hindu have it, the Chinese have it, the Maya have it, and DaVinci may have known it or intuited it.
    Just another clue for the masses who have little time for such ventures. Very time consuming.

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