Leonardo da Vinci ? The Last Supper (c. 1498)
Under the study of Verrocchio as a painter and a sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci was able to use his skills in creating a very detailed piece of art which is located in Santa Maria delle Grazie. He created characters with amazing individuality. His portrayal of the characters and the symbolism combined to tell the biblical story of the "Last Supper".
As you navigate through this complex composition you realize that you must refer to the scripture to feel the full effect of this classical work of art. The Lord sits quietly as the Apostles rise in reaction to what the Lord has just announced. It is obvious that Leonardo chose the critical moment in the event when the Lord stated, "Verily I say unto you that one of you shall betray me?(Matt. 26.21)". Every detail of each Apostle and the Lord is depicted.
The Lord is relaxed with his arms resting on the table, which adds to the portrayal of His greatness. Da Vinci also emphasized the Lord's greatness by giving Him a serious attitude and by presenting Him as untouchable by creating space between Him and the Apostles. The Apostles are painted in a more restless fashion. They are all facing different ways and seem to be jumping out of their seats. Even the grouping of the apostles in three was done intentionally. He used groups of three Apostles to symbolize the Holy Trinity.
Judas was put outside the circle of the innocent Apostles and only his shadowed profile can be seen. This allows the visual depiction of the guilt he had, since he knew he was the one who would betray the Lord Jesus.
The Lord's hands are laid in a resting fashion on the table. His hands lie...