The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci in Italian is called L’ultima Cena and is the most famous depiction of the Last Supper, masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. It is one also of the most admired, most studied, and most reproduced paintings the world has ever known!
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1. IT’S BIGGER THAN YOU THINK
In all over the world there are ountless reproductions in all sizes, but the original is about 15 feet by 29 feet ( 460×880 cm)
2. THE LAST SUPPER CAPTURES A CLIMACTIC MOMENT!
The painting depicts Jesus’ last meal with his apostles before he was captured and crucified. But which moment specifically?Leonardo da Vinci wanted to capture the instant just after Jesus reveals that one of his friends will betray him, and you can see there are reactions of shock and rage from the apostles. In da Vinci’s interpretation, the moment also takes place just before the birth of the Eucharist, with Jesus reaching for the bread and a glass of wine that would be the key symbols of this Christian sacrament.
3. YOU WON’T FIND IT IN A MUSEUM
The Last Supper is one of the world’s most iconic paintings and do you know where is it? In a convent in Milan, Italy. And moving it would be very difficult… . Da Vinci painted the religious work directly on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie back in 1495!
4. ALTHOUGH IT’S PAINTED ON A WALL, IT’S NOT A FRESCO.
Leonardo da Vinci rejected this traditional technique of Frescos which were painted on wet plaster. He wanted, first of all, to achieve a grander luminosity, and the bigger problem with frescos—as da Vinci saw it—was that they demanded the painter rush to finish his work before the plaster dried.
5. DA VINCI USED A BRAND NEW TECHNIQUE ON MASTERPIECE.
In order to perfect every single detail and to spend all the time he needed, da Vinci invented his own technique: he used tempera paints on stone. He primed the wall with a material that he hoped would accept the tempera and protect the paint against moisture.
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