96.000 x 48.000 x 0.750 inches
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The Last Supper
Painting - Oil Based Enamel On 4'x8'x3/4
As with every painting, I always do some research on the subject I paint, This painting was no exception, but it did surprise me with several mysteries that I was not expecting. Since I was commissioned to paint "The Last Supper", I first started with Leonardo Da Vinci's last supper painting. Originally I was asked to paint this directly on a wall, at a local house of worship. It was finally agreed that I would paint it on a 4'x 8' x 3/4" sheet of plywood. I wanted to be as true to the original art as possible. I first found that the original painting done by Da Vinci had deteriorated and has been restored as many as eight times, so I decided to do my own interpretation of da Vinci's art.
The several I mention are just a few hand picked artists I have chosen for my description. And these artist most certainly had to research the bible to depict
the gestures and expressions and create the mood that shows in visual form, the story of the last supper from the bible.
This may be part of the reason Da Vinci, started the painting on the wall at a convent of Santa Maria delle Gracie in Milan, Italy in 1495 and finished in 1498. It is worth noting, as Leonardo was a known procrastinator with a marked tendency to leave projects unfinished.
The artist Tintoretto painted his in 1556. Another version was painted in 1616 by Baburen. The well known artist Rubens did his painting in 1632, and another version was painted by Fontebasso in 1762.
The mysteries I mentioned were also a hypotheses introduced by Dan Brown in his best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code. Why did Da Vinci choose particular foods, because they don't correspond to what the Evangelists describe. "Why bread, fish, salt, citrus and wine? Why is the saltshaker tipped over in front of Judas? Why is the bread leavened?"
I decided that the answers to these questions are not important to me as an artist. I will leave that to the observer. And if asked why I painted certain aspects of the painting the way I did, I will respond when you do your painting of the Last Supper, You can paint it how ever you like. The description I have included is from an art history website on the internet. The evening before Christ was betrayed by one of his disciples, he gathered them together to eat, tell them he knew what was coming and wash their feet (a gesture symbolizing that all were equal under the eyes of the Lord). As they ate and drank together, Christ gave the disciples explicit instructions on how to eat and drink in the future, in remembrance of him. It was the first celebration of the Eucharist, a ritual still performed.
Looking across the picture from left to right:
Bartholomew, James Minor and Andrew form a group of three. All are aghast, Andrew to the point of holding his hands up in a "stop!" gesture.
Judas, Peter and John form the next group of three. Judas, you will note, has his face in shadow and is clutching a small bag (of silver?). Peter is visibly angry and a feminine-looking John seems about to swoon.
Christ is the calm in the midst of the storm.
Thomas, James Major and Philip are next. Thomas is clearly agitated, James Major stunned and Philip seems to be seeking clarification.
Matthew, Thaddeus and Simon comprise the last group of three figures. It appears that, when a situation turns ugly, Simon is the "go to" guy for explanations.
Specifically, "The Last Supper" depicts the next few seconds in this story after Christ dropped the bombshell that one
disciple would betray him before sunrise, and all 12 reacted to the news with different degrees of horror, anger and shock.
The painting continues to fascinate and mystify. Its last restoration, which took place between 1979 and 1999, has brought to light new details that along with new technology has spurred a new wave of research and interpretation of one of the world's most famous artworks.
I hope you enjoyed this artwork, I am open to painting more bible based depictions, and I think the bigger the better.
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December 10th, 2013
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