“The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is a priceless piece of art with much hidden meaning and obvious talents bestowed upon a wall. He was able to use his skills in creating a very detailed and a very naturalistic piece of work that would be remembered for hundreds of years. He was also able to create characters with amazing individuality. Not only was his portrayal of the characters magnificent, but the symbolism he used which emphasized the story being told in the “Last Supper”. It is located in the refectory of the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria dell Grazie in Milan. He used oil, tempera, and varnish as his medium. Lodovico Sforza, duke and ruler of Milan, commissioned him to paint this. It is quite obvious that the skill used in the creation of the “Last Supper” was magnificent. Although, the way Leonardo allows its viewers to depict the scene from a specific point in the Bible adds to the importance and significance of the painting in which no other artist could even compare. He does allow the viewer to recognize this scene by the gestures of both the Lord and the Apostles. The Lord sits ever so quietly while the Apostles rise in reaction to what the Lord had just announced. It is rather obvious that Leonardo chose the critical moment after the Lord had stated, “Verily I say unto you that one of you shall betray me,’ because of the emotions that evolve in this specific scene (Matthew 26:21). He took much time to express every detail of each Apostle and Jesus, especially that of Judas. He also emphasized Jesus’ greatness by giving him a serious attitude and by presenting him as untouchable with the space between himself and the Apostles. They are all facing different ways and seem to be jumping out of their seats. Even the grouping of the apostles in three seemed to be done intentionally. It looks as if he used four groups of three Apostles in each group in order to symbolize the Holy Trinity. It as seems that he…

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