Edwinno discovered an intriguing new book by Fiona McLaren - " Da Vinci's Last Commission" which takes one to a fabulous inquisitive tour and research on Leonardo's Da Vinci's works from a broad perspective. The book is translated in French and soon also in Portuguese and Italian and receives great reviews thus far. We invite you to take the time to read and dwell in the world of Fiona and Leonardo!
Da Vinci's Last Commission is her raison d'etre and what more could she has wished for. It is about Leonardo da Vinci, the language of symbolism, in Leonardo's paintings, in architecture, in dance, in games, in the tarot, in stories.
All these have been vehicles to communicate the true story of Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail. Freemasonry, is part of this story, so too the Cathars, Rosslyn Chapel, Rennes le Chateau, the pilgrimage to Santiago, Iona, the Declaration of Arbroath, The Knights Templar, and last but not least The Sun King, King Louis XIV, a Freemason and follower of the Magdalene cult and the man who commissioned a treasure map, one which is studied in the last chapter!
She only knew when she embarked on this amazing adventure, that the painting of a Madonna and child held a mystery, an exciting one, one shouting out in its symbolism to be heard, symbols of the fleur de lis, the location, the artistry; what she had no idea of was the exhilarating journey she was to experience as Fiona investigated her, and other works of art that came with her. It is an investigative work which has spanned 2,000 years of our history. Of Jesus Christ, the Gnostic Gospels, of Ancient mysteries and hidden truth. In it we study The Last Supper, and other works of Leonardo's, and of course, the painting which is central to this, his last commission of Mary Magdalene, and her son by Jesus Christ.
She worked as a nurse until leaving the profession in her late 20s to work in advertising and marketing.
In the mid-1980s, she became passionate about environmental campaigning, which inspired her to pursue investigative research, writing and reporting.
She relocated to southern France in the early 1990s, where she continued to work as a researcher for television.
Her favorite D'Israeli quote:
"There is in Italy a power which we seldom mention in this House, but without considering and understanding which we shall never rightly comprehend the position of Italy. I mean the secret societies. The secret societies do not care for constitutional government . . . It is useless to deny . . . a great part of Europe – the whole of Italy and France, and a great portion of Germany, to say nothing of other countries – are covered with a network of these secret societies, just as the superficies of the Earth is now being covered with railroads. And what are their objects? They do not attempt to conceal them. They do not want constitutional government. They do not want ameliorated institutions; they do not want provincial councils nor the recording of votes; they want . . . an end to ecclesiastical establishments . . ."
Her New Project
Fiona has started up "The Caterina Peace foundation", which is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci's 16 year old peasant mother, who had her child taken from her. When the painting which she firmly believes will be conclusively attributed to her son is sold, the proceeds will go into building one of the firmest foundations we can hope for in sheltering and providing love for the most stricken, neglected of all, children in care. However let it be clear that only after more investigation this painting will go on sale for this cause.
Come with Fiona and help her build one of the most important structures to help these lonely bewildered children . The goal to show these poor children that they are special, that they have talents, and are loved.
The Caterina Peace Foundation aims to help structure the lives of children in care, a metaphoric parent. We will be there for them throughout care and then into adulthood. We will be there for them with love, support and where appropriate financial assistance. We also aim to offer a network of mentors, surrogate parents, to support them.