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.