Leonardo and the Last Supper

Monday, November 05, 2012

In 1495 in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci began working on what would become one of the most influential and beloved works of art-The Last Supper. Ross King explores how-amid war and the political and religious turmoil, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations-Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. in Leonardo and the Last Supper, King presents an original portrait of one of the world's greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work. 


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Comments [6]

Ed from Larchmont

It can also be pointed out that every Catholic Mass is a re-presentation of the Last Supper, in a real sense when we attend Mass we are present in the upper room.

Interesting how Leonard Lopate kind of idolizes human genius,as great as it is - how Greek.

Nov. 06 2012 08:12 AM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

I have read Mr. King's excellent book and he spends much time on the content of The Last Supper. I was disappointed that there were no questions on content which would illuminate this important and fascinating work. Nothing about the placement of Judas, let alone the other Apostles. Why some were closer to Jesus than others....

Nov. 05 2012 02:01 PM
Ed from Larchmont

In so many Catholic homes there is a depiction of the Last Supper. Very popular since it was painted.

Nov. 05 2012 01:56 PM
margaret from brooklyn

Please tell Mr. King that I really enjoyed reading "Ex Libris" - now many years ago. I got my book club to read it too! It's a lot of fun, especially for anyone who loves old London. He gives wonderful attention to detail. I couldn't put the book down!

Nov. 05 2012 01:52 PM

was the moan lisa a self portrait

Nov. 05 2012 01:44 PM
Tom from Manhattan

I trust your author will point out that "The Last Supper" was painted, not in a church as Leonard said, but in the dining hall of a monastery.

The experience of seeing it in situ reminds the viewer that it was meant to impress on the monks that they were devoted to an ideal of "imitatio Christi," taking the example of Christ and his disciples as their guide, even when doing something so humble as eating together.

Nov. 05 2012 01:39 PM

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