Although “The Last Supper” had been painted before, Leonardo da Vinci’s version was the first to depict real people acting like real people.
Leonardo chose to paint the very moment in which Christ announces there is a traitor among the disciples. Through his brilliant brushwork, he manages to make the moment come to life, with each person displaying very human, identifiable emotions.
His painting also stands above the rest because of the technical perspective. Every single element of the painting directs one’s attention straight to the midpoint of the composition, Christ’s head, and is arguably the greatest example of one point perspective ever created.
Leonardo started the painting in 1495 and completed it in 1498. He scoured the streets of Milan for more than two years, searching for faces to make the visages of the disciples.
There is much evidence to support the account that Leonardo had a violent quarrel with a fellow artist and that he was so enraged and bitter that he determined to paint his enemy’s face into that of Judas, and everyone who saw it immediately recognised the likeness. The painting continued, but when da Vinci came to paint the last face, that of Christ Himself, he could make no progress. His best efforts were futile.
After many attempts, he realised his problem. He could not paint the face of Christ while harbouring bitter feelings. He painted out the face of Judas and commenced again on the face of Jesus, this time with the brilliance acclaimed for centuries.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
to paint the features of Christlikeness
INTO OUR OWN LIFE
while we paint another face with the colours of hatred and revenge
We CANNOT be used by Christ
to further His kingdom, to tell of His love, to sing His praises,
if we are HARBOURING GRUDGES or ILL WILL against another
Search me O God and know my heart:
try me and know my thoughts.
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart,
from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5
Thoughts from Mr Anon:
# No matter how much you nurse a grudge, it will never get better.
# What is the heaviest piece of wood in the world? A chip on the shoulder.
# When we are born into God’s family, we should bear a family likeness.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me:
All His wondrous compassion and purity.
O Thou, Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Until the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.