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Formal Analysis of the Last Supper

  • Submitted by: mbsantos941
  • on December 13, 2012
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 624 words

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Leonardo Da Vinci's the "Last Supper"

Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance painter who was born April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519. He was the son of Piero da Vinci, and Caterina, in the town of Vinci in the region of Florence. In addition to a painter, Leonardo was also; a sculptor, an engineer, an inventor, and even a writer. Leonardo grew up with his father in the town of Vinci just outside of Florence. In 1466, at the age of fourteen, Leonardo was apprenticed to the artist Andrea di Cione, known as Verrocchio, whose workshop was one of the most notable of Florence. He then spent the next six years with Verrocchio and by the time he was twenty he was qualified as a master in the guild of artists and doctors of medicine. Even though he was now a master with his own workshop, Leonardo still continued to work closely with Verrocchio and he continued to collaborate with him.
The "Last Supper" is a mural painting created by Leonardo da Vinci. It is located at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church in the town of Milan, Italy. The mural is painted onto the back wall of the churches dining hall and spans 15 by 29 feet. This style of this mural is called a tempera, which is a combination of egg yolk, vinegar and oil paints applied onto dried plaster. Da Vinci created the piece for Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan and it took a total of four years before to be completed. The "Last Supper" is named after an event in the Holy Bible that can be found in the gospels of Luke, Mark and Mathew. Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples gather for a Passover dinner on the night which will precede his death. During the meal Jesus announces that one of his disciples will betray him and he will be killed. Da Vinci's painting illustrates this exact moment when Jesus' disciples are shocked by what they have just heard.
The painting illustrates thirteen men sitting behind a table. The man in the middle of the painting is Jesus Christ. He sits with his eyes closed, hands on...

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