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Misrak Sertsu

ENGL 1101

TR 4-6:45 PM


Mr. Barry Hall

The Last Supper

What is painting? How many of us understand painting? Can we see and feel the message behind the painting? Painting is the art of creating pictures by applying color to a surface, where paint speaks silently in masses and colors and the artist responds in moods. Painting can record event, capture of place, person or object. It takes a great skill and concentration as well as emotion to paint anything well. One of those great skilled painters was Leonardo di ser Piero. An Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci, who was born on April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519 in Milan, Italy. Leonardo was a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. He is usually considered to be one of the greatest and most talented painters of all time.

According to Bethune Brian, Leonardo da Vinci had been struggling for 10 years to make a big horse-racing statue for his patron, Lodovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. Leonardo was not happy with his sculpture; he was willing to do some unique paint. Lodovico sent him to the church of Santa Maria Delle Graize to paint Christ's last supper (the final meal that, according to Christian belief, Jesus shared with his twelve Disciples in Jerusalem before his crucifixion) on the refectory wall. Although the room was not a lunchroom at the time that Leonardo painted it, the theme was a traditional one for lunchrooms. Even though Leonardo was motivated by the religious theme of the painting, but his main motivation was the wishes and desires of his patron who rewarded him financially for his work. King Duke was...