Famous Paintings- The Last Supper

The Last Supper painting is a masterpiece by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci. The actual painting was made on hard plaster, which has been restored several times. Information about the history of the this painting, and the work of restoration that was carried out to preserve it, has been provided here. The Last Supper was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in a rather short period of about three years i.e., from 1495 to 1498 AD. A span of three years is considered to be short, because the painting was a masterpiece from the point of view of human expression. It was considered to be a very short time even by da Vinci himself, because he had a habit of procrastinating his work. The painting today is preserved in the dining hall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in the city of Milan, Italy.Get the facts at famous painting website

The reason that the painting is a masterpiece is that da Vinci took a snapshot of history itself. The imagination that has been deployed by him is also astounding. This famous painting depicts the scene of the Last Supper, where Jesus Christ announces his prediction, that one of his close followers (the twelve apostles), was going to betray him. The expressions of all the characters in the painting are captured by Leonardo da Vinci in just a fraction of a second after Jesus announces his prediction. The expressions and emotions that appear on the faces of the apostles in just a fraction of a second show surprise, outrage, shock and even fright.

It was a convention among the painters of the Renaissance, to isolate Judas from rest of the apostles and Jesus. The Last Supper painting contained a fantastic piece of da Vinci’s imagination. Judas is blended into the group of apostles. His expressions painted by da Vinci are so intricate and accurate, that a person who does not know anything about The Last Supper and the betrayal, often wonders who among the apostles was the betrayer.

However, as an artist, Leonardo has not made the whole scene crude. The emotions on face of Judas Iscariot are very complex and different from rest of the group. If observed carefully, the painting ‘shouts aloud’ to us that Judas Iscariot is the betrayer. Thus, the real magic of the painting is the expression of the apostles, especially that of Judas that tends to blend with the group and still remains outstanding.

Leonardo also left another clue about the betrayer in his painting. Jesus Christ predicted that the first person to share the bread with him would be the betrayer. The attention of the characters is diverted elsewhere, but Judas and Jesus Christ are shown with hands outstretched on the table trying to reach the same piece of bread.