The Last Supper

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

the last supper

This painting, The Last Supper, was painted in the time period of 1495-1498 by one of the most famous artists that ever lived,  Leonardo Da Vinci.  His talents were ahead of his time in that he displayed incredible ability at a very young age.  He constructed  multiple masterpieces whose messages are still debated today, and one of those pieces includes The Last Supper.  The Last Supper depicts the image of the last supper of Jesus of Nazareth and his Disciples, before his crucifixion.  In addition, The Last Supper was the symbolic birth of the Holy Eucharist via Jesus’s famous words; “take this all of you and eat it, this is my body, and it will be given up for you”.  The images drawn by Da Vinci display outstanding depth and lighting to focus on certain individuals.  Also, Da Vinci painted this to construct the real life images and reaction of Jesus’s famous words; “one of you will betray me.”   Within the painting there is commotion brewing throughout the supper party because everyone wants to find out who will be the betrayer of Jesus.  Da Vinci portrays a powerful message of love and betrayal within the painting, and with that message, symbolizes the challenging human path to eternal paradise.

The lighting and depth by Leonardo Da Vinci was utilized to focus on a central point in this painting.  That focal point is Jesus, who is the center of attention within the masterpiece.  The Disciples are crowded around Jesus, and are suggesting who will betray him in the coming hours.  The Holy Trinity is present in The Last Supper because the Disciples are separated into groups of three and that there are three windows.  The Holy Trinity symbol is a triangle with three parts,  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Da Vinci utilizes the symbol of the Holy Trinity to portray Christian beliefs about one God, and the importance of these three divine entities of nature.  In the distance out the window, Da Vinci painted a natural landscape that is similar to paradise.  Leonardo Da Vinci is inferring that you can reach paradise through Jesus Christ, and he exemplifies this with the shine that is coming off of Jesus’s body.  The symbolism in The Last Supper is utilized to focus on Jesus, who is the most important entity in the Christian Faith.


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