The Last Supper represents Jesus's last meal with his apostles when He drops the bomb announcing one of them would betray Him. Commissioned for the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, this artwork cements da Vinci’s career, until then full of unfinished works as the image became immediately famous all over Europe.
Although complex, the painting looks very simple which amplifies its spirituality and symmetry: our motto for this model. The messiness of the table contrasts with the geometry of the room and around Jesus, portrayed in a perfect triangle and in an almost majestic halo of peace. He crowds all figures together, using the table to separate the spiritual realm from the viewer’s earthly world and organizes the apostles in groups of reactions shown in their body language, which go from angriness, horror, and shock, clearly seen in their “Italian” hands. Specifically, Judas seats next to John (or is it Mary Magdalene?) and holds a small bag, perhaps signifying his payment for betraying Jesus. He also tipped over the salt cellar, a Western superstition of an evil omen. Rumor has it the painting also holds the date for the end of the world and even a song, amongst so many others.
Against all odds, the mural still exists despite bombings, humidity, centuries of environmental damage, and even its own original materials, since it was used experimental pigments and techniques which resulted in its early-flaking, so restoration works started even before the piece was finished. Nowadays, only a fraction of the original work is left as a result of all the unsuccessful jobs. This is a painting full of hidden messages like Leonardo itself, or really, none at all.
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