The Last Supper

The Last Supper

"The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci.

June 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

Leonardo da Vinci is the most mysterious and unexplored personality of the past. Some people ascribe to him the gift of God and place him among the saints, and some, on the contrary, consider him an atheist who sold his soul to the devil. But the genius of the great Italian is undeniable because everything the hand of the great painter and engineer had ever touched was instantly filled with a hidden meaning.

The Last Supper

"The Last Supper" is certainly one of the most mysterious works of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. It is only his "Gioconda" that can compete with the fresco in the number of rumours and conjectures.
The Last Supper is an event of the last days of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, and all the Gospels, as well as the 1st Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians describe it.

The famous fresco was painted on a wall of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie situated in the square of the same name in Milan. To be more exact, it is on one of the walls of the church refectory. According to historians, the artist intentionally depicted exactly the same table and dishes as were in the church at that time. By this he tried to show that Jesus (the good) and Judah (the evil) are much closer to people than it seems.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper: the History of Painting.

The fresco was ordered by the painter's patron, the Milanese Duke Ludovico Sforza, in 1495. The ruler was famous, or rather notorious for his dissolute life, and had been surrounded by young Bacchantes since his youth. The duke's mode of life did not change after his marriage to the beautiful and modest Beatrice d'Este who deeply loved her husband, but was too meek to stop it. Yet it must be admitted that Ludovico Sforza sincerely revered his wife and was attached to her in his own way. The dissolute duke realised the true power of love only at the moment of his wife's sudden death. The grief of the man was so great that he did not leave his room for 15 days. The first thing he did when he came out was that he ordered the mural his deceased spouse had asked him for, Leonardo da Vinci painted his masterpiece, and Ludovico Sforza stopped his dissolute life ever since.

Interesting Facts.

The models who sat for Leonardo's fresco The Last Supper were his contemporaries. The artist was walking along the streets of Milan in search of suitable types. This caused the discontent of the monastery abbot who thought the artist did not spend enough time working on the painting. In the end, Leonardo warned the abbot that if the latter did not stop disturbing him, the portrait of Judas would have his face. This stopped the interference.
For a long time Leonardo could not find a type for the image of Judas until he came across a suitable man in one of Milan streets. After the artist had brought the man to his studio he found out that the very same man had already been his model when Leonardo was painting the image of Christ several years before, but at that time he was a church choir singer and looked quite different. This is the wicked irony of life!


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