Books: Deciphering 'Code'

Who is that beardless figure with the flowing red hair to the left of Jesus Christ in Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper? The textbook answer is Saint John, commonly depicted as the youngest and gentlest of the disciples. But in the best-selling thriller "The Da Vinci Code," author Dan Brown has another suggestion: the effeminate figure is Mary Magdalene, whose real relationship to Christ--his closest disciple and consort--has been suppressed by the church for nearly 2,000 years...
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