The Last Supper

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The Last Supper – Research Essay
The Last Supper is a religious scene in the Catholic bible, which tells the story of the last meal the night before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. An important role in its religion, the Last Supper scene has been recreated by artists many times. These visual interpretations of the event generally show Jesus, surrounded by his disciples. During the meal, Jesus breaks the bread and serves the wine accompanied with the command “Take this all of you and eat it… this is my body… do this in remembrance of me”. Three artists who have produced paintings of the Last Supper include Leonardo DaVinci, Jacopo Tintoretto and Salvador Dali. Each of these artists interpreted the religious event and recreated it in terms
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In contrast to the physical reaction of the disciples, Jesus is calm with a peaceful equilibrium and a dignified strength. He sits with his palms upturned to form a triangle with his arms and head, which again refers to the number three symbolising the Holy Trinity.

By choosing this part of the story; he also chooses to leave out the bread and the wine normally sitting on the table in visuals of the Last Supper. Leonardo’s version is also the first to have Judas sitting on the same side of the table as Jesus. Judas is identifiable by the symbols employed by Leonardo, such as the money bag clutched tightly in Judas’ hand and the difference in his gesture and facial expression to the other disciples. Although this painting breaks conventions, the realism used by Leonardo helped the paintings function of conveying a “true” story to its audience to inspire them to be more faithful.

Perceptions of this artwork will have changed over time, as today’s audience is far less religious and would therefore be more likely to see ‘The Last Supper’ as an aesthetic piece of artwork rather than a narrative of a biblical story or connection to God.

After the ride and fall of High Renaissance came the style known as Mannerism. This style involved developing artist individual style, artificial, aesthetically fantastic images and breaking away from tradition including Renaissance. Mannerism was inspired by the
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