The Last Supper

The Last Supper, a biblical reference referring to Jesus Christ’s final meal with his disciples, was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci during 1495-1498 in Italy. Da Vinci wasn’t always set on becoming an artist, as his mentor, Andrea del Verrocchio also taught him carpentry, chemistry, and of course, art. He chose to create art, but his knowledge in math and science helped enhance his paintings. The date of this event isn’t confirmed, but catholics do believe that this took place. Da Vinci spent a lot of time in Rome, hence the plethora of theology-related paintings that he drew in his career.

This painting is called a tempera, a combination of vinegar, paints, and egg yolks. It was designed so that the viewer is drawn to Jesus Christ, who is located at the center of the table with his disciples by his side. There is no forefront in this picture, which is known for its simplicity of a very historical event. Jesus’s disciples are acting very scared and nervous; They can’t believe that this could be the last time they see him alive again. The background is just a desert but it is sunny, implying that the light is shined on them due to their holiness. The most interesting part of this painting is how Da Vinci shined a dark light onto Judas, the disciple which ends up betraying Jesus Christ, the man who did so much for him in the past. There are words and pictures on the walls, implying that they are some of their beliefs and views on life. Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t just paint this to make money and earn fame, but also to share his own views on theology.


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