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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPainting · 1 decade ago

Why did Leonardo da Vinci paint the Last Supper?

Why did Leonardo da Vinci paint the Last Supper?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It was commissioned by his patrons Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d'Este and he painted it in 1495–1498, it covers the back wall of the dining hall at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.

    http://www.jaydax.co.uk/lastsupper/endwall.jpg

    From;

    http://arthistory.about.com/cs/leonardo/a/last_sup...

    "Why Did Leonardo Paint This?

    Because his employer requested he do so. Leonardo worked for Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, for nearly eighteen years (1482-99). The Duke decided he wanted this particular religious scene painted and Leonardo, who was not stupid, decided painting it made perfect financial sense."

    More information here;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Supper_(Leon...

    http://arthistory.about.com/cs/leonardo/a/last_sup...

    http://www.florenceart.it/booking/cenacolo/about.h...

    From;

    http://www.abcgallery.com/L/leonardo/leonardo4.htm...

    "Despite the theory popularized by Dan Brown in his popular novel, The Da Vinci Code, most scholars agree that the figure next to Jesus is John. The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci name all of the disciples in the order in which they are shown (which is how we come to identify them) and all of the figures in Leonardo's original sketches have distinctly male faces. It had been traditional to depict John as boyish and even effeminate, as he was the youngest and supposedly most devoted of Christ's apostles. He appears thus in other contemporary renderings of the scene, including The Last Supper of Castagno (1447) and The Last Supper of Ghirlandaio (1480)."

    http://www.jaydax.co.uk/lastsupper/lastsupper.htm

    http://www.jaydax.co.uk/lastsupper/who_is_who.jpg

  • Joyce
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I don't believe that Leonard Da Vinci painted a woman 'instead of a man'. It would have been a deliberate action, just like he deliberately painted one man making a throat cutting gesture to another man. All you really need to bear in mind here is that Leonardo was simple an artist and this was HIS impression of the last supper. After the whole Dan Brown thing people seem to look at this painting as if its some kind of proof of something. Its not, its just an artists impression. We all know artists paint and construct some weird and wonderful things and its all based upon their own impression (opinions) on something. It doesn't make it right or wrong, fact or fiction. It just is what it is, a piece of art that will provoke debate.

  • 1 decade ago

    Last Supper is a 15th century mural painting located in the Santa Maria Delle Grazia convent in Milan created by Leonardo da Vinci for his patron Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d'Este. It represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of John 13:21, when Jesus announces that one of his Twelve Apostles would betray him.

    It is worth a trip to Milano just to see this spectacular piece, it is well protected and only a few people can get in to see it at one time.

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    Source(s): wikipedia, personal visitation
  • 1 decade ago

    It's simple really: He was commissioned by the monks of Santa Maria delle Grazie, so he painted the Last Supper.

    Source(s): art history major lover of Leonardo
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    So amazed that I found this topic already answered! It is like you've read my mind!

  • 1 decade ago

    to convey a secret message

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To recreate, that's one.

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