The two last suppers

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Compare Leonardo?s Last Supper with that of Tintoretto.

The Last Supper by Leonardo is very different to Tintoretto?s representation of the same incident. The last supper is one of the most important occurrences which took place in the Christian religion such an important event that many have seen the need for the event visually recorded through art the two most famous of these representations are by far Tintoretto?s and Leonardo?s works. The Last Supper by Leonardo was created during the renaissance period and is a simple symbolic work with little emotion. Tintoretto however chose to represent the event in a surrealistic manner to give full impact; A way in which was typical of the art period in which he painted the work, the Mannerist period. The two works although essentially containing the same subject differ immensely. This difference is strongly evident through the artists contrasting use of colour, light, realism, technique perception and focal point/s.

Leonardo?s version of the Last Supper was painted El fresco depicting the scene passively without emotion. The work has the supper table horizontal across the lower third and Jesus and his twelve disciples dining behind it, before a backdrop of both man made structure and natural landscape. The artwork is un-cluttered and simple. The lighting is subtle and non-dramatic. Colour is conservative and dull this is partly due to the limited paint available and the technique and decay of fresco painting. The work is very balanced with only one focal point a style that is reflective of the period in which he painted it the Renaissance when the majority lived in harmony. Another attribute of his work, which is typical Renaissance art, is his combination of architectural structures and natural environment. His portrayal of the scene is very realistic and extremely accurate in...