Prejudice In Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper

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Defying prejudices, Leonardo da Vinci became one of the most well-known Renaissance artists of his time. Social prejudice was a big factor in the life of Leonardo. He was born an illegitimate child, and was also deemed to be gay. At the time though, his society forbade such a sexuality, so he endured many hardships.
Leonardo da Vinci was said to be one of the greatest medical artists in history. He conducted numerous amounts of human anatomy studies. In doing so, he confessed to dissecting over thirty bodies of men, women, and children. He would dissect the humans to view the insides and would then draw what he saw. Although he was not a physician, Leonardo still practiced such habits, with dissecting being illegal in their society. The Art
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One of the most famous pieces of art that he did, was the Last Supper. The Last Supper was done in the Italian Renaissance era, with the painting being completed in 1498. According to Walks of Italy, there are only two other copies of the painting out there in the world right now. “Likely created by Leonardo’s assistants, the copies are nearly the exact size and likeness of the original and are remarkably well preserved. One copy can be found in the collection of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the other in the Church of St. Ambrogio in Ponte Capriasca, Switzerland.” Although the copies are not done by the original creator da Vinci himself, they are still considered to be exact copies due to the …show more content…
Christ has made a statement and Bartholomew, Andrew, and James the Less all seem to be in shock due to what Christ has said. Andrew has thrown his hands up in the air suggesting for Christ to stop whatever he is saying. The next three people are Judas, Peter, and John. John seems to be unsteady while Peter appears to be furious. Judas has his face cast in a shadow. In a previous painting that had been done, Judas was painted off to the side, which is why in this painting, he is cast in a shadow. Next to Christ is Philip, Thomas, and James the Greater. Each of them all have a specific type of uncertainty across their face. Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus are the last group of three. Matthew and Thaddeus appear to be looking at Simon for some sort of explanation to be given. Christ is in the center of the painting to get your attention. He is depicted as the calm before the storm. Surrounded by apostles with their circus of emotions, Christ keeps calm amongst all the chaos. All the objects that surround Christ have tipped over, which is thought to represent chaos while he is not around, even when those who support him are calm. His arms are spread wide open to represent the Holy Trinity, such as the bread and wine. The bread and wine are symbols of the moment when Jesus sacrificed himself for others.
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper contains so many different themes and elements that could be deciphered different person to person.

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