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Chessmaster finds 'requiem' in Da Vinci masterpiece.

Nov 12, 2007, 12:31 PM 1

Rome- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian computer technician and chessmaster claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," raising the possibility that Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting. "It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni maria Pala said. "It's like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion os Jesus." Painted from 1494 to 1498 in Milan's church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, the "Last Supper" vividly depicts a key moment in the gospel narrative: Pala, a 45-year old computer technician who lives near the souther Italian city of Lecce, began studying Leonardo's painting in 2003, after hearing on a news program that researchers believed the artist and inventor had hidden a musical composition in the work. "Afterward, I didn't hear anything more about it," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "As a computer technician, and chessmaster I wanted to dig deeper."In a boo released Friday in Italy, Pala explains how he took element of the painting that have symbolic value in Christian theology and interpreted them as musical clues.

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