The Last Supper By Leonardo Da Vinci Compare And Contrast Essay

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Essay 1
“The Last Supper” and “Descent from the Cross“ are two paintings created by Leonardo Da-Vinci and Jacopo Pontormo respectively. Both pieces were created within thirty years of each other. So the time period when they were created was the same. “The Last Supper” is showing the last gathering of Christ and his deceitful before Christ’s imprisonment. In the actual scene Christ is telling his deceitful that one of them will betray him. “Descent from the Cross” however, is showing after the crucifixion of Christ, his followers taking him down from the cross and mourning about what happened.
The style of “The Last Supper” is a High Renaissance style. Da-Vinci has a realistic atmosphere to the painting, this is a result of humanism. A couple
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He stressed having accuracy to the real word. To get the accuracy and biological side correct he would regularly hire models to act out his imagination. This would allow him to freely paint his mind in the manor that he wanted to. Another style that Da-Vinci employs is linear perspective. The focal point of the painting is Christ, but how he painted it, it looks as if the light is shining from the windows behind him, creating a three dimensional view of the room. Background of the painting is also supposed to be focused around actual settings in nature. This lighting is a result of the atmospheric perspective in the room. Da-Vinci also specifically put people in groups of three. This has different reasons to as why he did it, but the most popular is that three is the number of trinity …show more content…
Pontormo at the time decided that his painting would completely reject the ideas of Naturalism. During the time that Da Vinci was making his Naturalism pieces, the churches were not agreeing with his approach. The reason behind that was that the churches did not want people to idealize a normal humanistic person. When in church looking up to a picture, they wanted that person to be represented with an extraordinary figure or spiritual awesomeness. Therefore with Da Vinci painting everyone as realistic humans, the church was not happy with him at all. So they ended up turning to Pontormo and the other mannerists to create completely unrealistic fantasy paintings. In this painting it is extremely unrealistic to any sort of real life snap shot. The human models are extremely drawn out, not proportionate at all to a real human body. Behind the actual figures is not a specific environment setting, it actually looks like some of the people are floating around. Since everyone is in a random position, there is no exact focal point. The eyes of everyone in the painting make it obvious that Pontormo did not want one specific focal point. They are pointed at random angles and no one area, which causes confusion and a constant circle around the painting. Color selection is extremely vibrant and bold, which was not what people whore back then. Clashing the colors of blue

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