How Original is The Last Supper?

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The Last Supper’

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, an Italian mastermind was born on April 15, 1452, in Florence. Leonardo Da Vinci a genius in myriad fields was among the top most creative personality who possessed superhuman intelligence. Da Vinci was a great Sculptor, Musician, Engineer, Scientist, Mathematician, Architect, Anatomist, Geologist, Botanist, Writer, and Cartographer and yes of course largely acknowledged as a Painter. The genius of Da Vinci is awe inspiring an artist of such high caliber has yet to be born again. Da Vinci perhaps more than any other figures that exemplified, and demonstrated the Renaissance humanist ideal in the most classic style. Leonardo has been measured, and often been described as the epitome or the essence of the Renaissance man. His insatiable curiosity, enthusiastically imaginative, and resourceful imagination is magnificent.

Leonardo Da Vincci is broadly considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to Marco Rosci, “that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical, rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time”. Leonardo was educated in the studio of the prominent Florentine painter Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in Milan. Later on, he worked in Venice, Rome, and Bologna; he spent his last years in France. Leonardo is renowned chiefly as a Painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous portrait and a charade in the world of arts, and The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time.

The Last Supper

 Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting ‘The Last Supper’ is perhaps the finest known examples of the High Renaissance Style, therefore, it is considered among the great Art Treasures of the world.Yet the painting as we know it today can in no way scrupulously be an original. Leonardo painted this masterpiece on the refectory wall of the monastery of Santa Maria delie Grazie, in Milan, between 1495 and1497. He worked at it in fits and starts, finally leaving it unfinished (the picture was largely unappreciated in its time). By 1517, the work had already been seriously damaged by environmental factors such as dust and dampness, and few years later the famous, and highly regarded Art Historian and a Painter Vasari referred to it as ‘merely mass of blots’. By the following century the monks who were also the inhabitants of the monastery lost all respect for the work, and broke a doorway through Christ’s legs. With the passage of time the painting continued to decay, in the year 1796, a Garrison of French Soldiers occupied the monastery and quartered their horses in the same area where the painting was. The French soldiers having no regard for the master piece whiled away their time taking target practice at Christ’s head.

 During the Second World War ‘The Last Supper’ was protected from bombing by piling sand bags around it. However, a bomb landed and exploded squarely on the monastery, demolishing, and de-structuring it badly. However, miraculously most of the area of the wall on which ‘The Last Supper’ was painted remained secured. Nevertheless, the previous abuse and the destruction more or less destroyed the painting. ‘The Last Supper’ that we see today is profoundly restored work, in which only the outlines, and few brush strokes are the originals by Leonardo Da Vinci. These outlines, and few brush strokes are good enough to define the Supreme work of the Magnificent Maestro

Leonardo the Unforgettable


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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. dr zeeshan
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 16:32:56

    v nice,u have described it v beautifully


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