Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Mary Magdalene goes Mona Lisa way


The cult of absurdly excessive analysis has bitten the Da Vinci Code. A group of British statisticians has given the worldwide bestseller only a 36% chance of prospective success. Their criteria: metaphorical, or figurative titles instead of literal ones; the first word a pronoun, a verb, an adjective or a greeting; and grammar patterns taking the form either of a possessive case with a noun, or of an adjective and noun or of the words The ... of ... (from Guardian)

The team however gives the thumbs up to Dan Brown's upcoming novel The Solomon Key.

Painting:
Mary Magdalene in the Desert
Oil on canvas
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Related:
Mona Lisa's enduring magic

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