Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci painted the Last Supper. It is a 15th century mural that was painted in Milan. It was painted for Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d’Este. It is based on the scene from the Bible of Jesus on his final days. This is the scene when he announces that one of his twelve disciples will betray him.

The painting measures 450 by 870 centimeters. It is located in the dinning hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Malian Italy. This version of the scene gives more depth and realistic view then ever before. It is painted with Sforza’s coat of arms. The painting also has members of the Sforza family in it. Leonardo began working on this painting in 1495 and finished it in 1498.

The painting shows Jesus and his twelve disciples sitting at a dinner table. The painting shows the reactions of everyone when he tells them that one of them will betray him. Bartholomew, James, and Andrew form the first group of three. They all have a very shocked expression. Judas, Peter and John form the next group of three. Peter has a knife in his hands. Judas has his arms on the table, which no one else does. John has a smile on his face and is very close to Judas like they are whispering something to one another. They all have a sort of guilty look on their faces. Jesus is in the middle of the table to show that he is the leader. Thomas, James and Philip form the next group of three. Thomas has his hand in the air like he wants to know who is going to be the one to go against Jesus. James looks confused as to who would do that and very concerned. Philip has a very scared look upon his face. Matthew, Thaddeus, and Simon make up the final group of three. Matthew and Thaddeus are looking toward Simon for some answers. Simon is looking towards Jesus wanting to know more.

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