The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
By Kinjal Trivedi
Year: 1495 – 1498
Dimension: 15 feet x 29 feet
Painted directly on the wall
Medium: tempera paints on stone
Place: The wall of Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan.
Period: Renaissance, High Renaissance, Italian Renaissance.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most iconic paintings in the world. It was painted during the High Renaissance period. And also, the most reproduced paintings in the world. More copies of this painting have sold than any other in the world.
The details of this painting is visually astounding.
Part of what makes The Last Supper so striking is the perspective from which it’s painted, which seems to invite the viewer to step right into the dramatic scene. To achieve this illusion, Leonardo da Vinci hammered a nail into the wall, then tied a string to it, to make marks that helped guide his hand in creating the painting’s angles.
The painting depicts Jesus’s last meal with his apostles before he was captured and crucified. But more specifically, Leonardo da Vinci, wanted to capture the instant just after Jesus reveals that one of his friends will betray him, complete with reactions of shock and rage from the apostles. You can see the shock and murmur on the faces and body language of each person. Their frightened faces in shock of hearing the news or revelation of someone’s intent is a mystery to find.
Leonardo da Vinci painted the religious work directly on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie back in 1495.
Although the painting was made at the end of the 14th Century, by the early 16th century, the paint had started to flake and decay, and within 50 years, The Last Supper was a ruin of its former glory.
Vibrations from Allied bombings during World War II further contributed to the painting’s destruction. Finally, in 1980, a 19-year restoration effort began. The Last Supper was ultimately restored, but it lost much of its original paint along the way.
Vatican researcher Sabrina Sforza Galitzia says the painting’s “mathematical and astrological” signs into a message from Leonardo da Vinci about the end of the world. She claims The Last Supper predicts an apocalyptic flood that will sweep the globe from March 21 to November 1, 4006.
The Last Supper, took three years to paint in total, mostly due to the painter’s notorious tendency to procrastinate.
If you wish to see this wonder in person, you might want to book much in advance. As only 25-30 people are allowed inside at one time to admire the stunning painting.