The Implications of the Reproduction of Leonardo da Vincis Last Supper

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Coming up with a method of defining art is a daunting task. One point is certain; the creation of objects which serve to aesthetically satisfy has long been a strong human impulse. These objects have no practical purpose beyond the domain of evoking emotion; however, the fact that they were created with a particular intention in mind makes them invaluable. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most recognizable images in art history. Its reproduction has allowed this famous piece of art to become accessible to nearly everyone. The implications of the reproduction of art are profound in that the aura is destroyed and the image becomes commonplace. The true intentions of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci have been challenged throughout history. The painting was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, in 1494. The painting took four years to complete which is an unusually long period of time, but understandable due to da Vinci’s known procrastination and propensity to leave projects uncompleted. The painting is located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. The Duke, Ludovico, had already chosen this church as the location of his burial. A fresco of the Crucifixion of Jesus had just been completed on the south wall of the church and the duke commissioned da Vinci to paint a religious scene on the opposite wall. The painting illustrates the Last Supper, which is the last meal Jesus shared with his twelve apostles. During their last meal together, Jesus proclaimed that one of his disciples would betray him. The work shows the apostles’ reactions just seconds after Jesus’ claim (Steinberg). The painting is quite remarkable with regards to its illumination and insight into the human condition. The viewer is able to identify with the emotions presented in the painting. Leonardo’s Last Supper was not the first of its kind; however,

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