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April 14, 2014 by Ray Yanek

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Last Supper

With Holy Thursday only a few days away, I thought taking a look at the various interpretations of the Last Supper would be fitting.  I wish I had more time to look into the interpretations of the last supper, but honestly, I’ve been so busy at work and with my kids’ activities that I don’t

I did though, find some versions that I didn’t know about and that makes me happy.

I’ll start off with the most famous of Last Supper paintings:

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

 

The time of the Last Supper paintings is usually right after Jesus reveals that he will be betrayed.  Viewers have a tendency to search out that betrayer in the paintings.  In Da Vinci’s above, Judas holds the sack of silver, but in the painting below, we’re not quite sure who Judas is and neither, does it seem, do the other apostles as they look accusingly at one another.  Notice the suspicion in their eyes.

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The Last Supper — Giotto di Bondone (1304)

 

I love the background in the work below– the open-air  and the trees behind the arches. Notice also, the figure that sits apart from Jesus and his Disciples.  Safe to say, I think, that’s Judas.

The Last Supper -- Domenico Ghirlandaio (1480)

The Last Supper — Domenico Ghirlandaio (1480)

 

Now for a few modern renditions. The one below is quite the departure from the tradition paintings above, not in the least because Jesus has blond hair.  Some believe this painting focuses less on the actual, historical event but rather the sacrament (as the title suggests) that spawned from the event.  Jesus seems almost ethereal and the torso at the top could suggest the Ascension of Jesus’s spirit.

The Sacrament of the Last Supper -- Salivdor Dali (1955)

The Sacrament of the Last Supper — Salivdor Dali (1955)

 

I still need to digest this last one a bit, so I’ll let this one speak for itself…

 

 

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Self-Portrait Looking at the Last Supper — Marisol Escobar (1984)

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2 thoughts on “L is for . . .

  1. P Liegl says:

    When in doubt fill it with pictures. We all have our own perception of The Last Supper and some day we will have our own. Hope mine is not like Escobar’s which reminded me of the wooden jigsaw puzzles of my childhood. Have always been impressed by Da Vinci and Dali.

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