Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper

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The Last Supper Leonardo Da Vinci created The Last Supper. This piece of work portrays the last meeting of Jesus and his twelve disciples. This gathering took place over the Passover meal held before Jesus was crucified. Leonardo’s representation captures a moment when Jesus said, “One of you shall betray me.” He portrays the twelve disciples all reacting differently to Jesus’s prediction. Leonardo used a layer of pitch, gesso, and mastic on a stonewall, before painting with tempera. Elements of art are obvious through his work, as well as principals of design. One element is space. Space helps give other elements definition by interacting with them. One aspect of space found in The Last Supper is illusionistic. This is accomplished by using…show more content…
Emphasis is where the attention of the viewer is centered on a part of the painting. In The Last Supper, the emphasis is on Christ. Christ is considered the focal point, the specific spot where ones attention is directed. Jesus is placed in the center of the painting and the linear perspective is based above his head. His hands are also open. When you look at this painting, you are drawn to the center, Jesus. Finally, another design element is unity. Unity is based on the visual elements. Unity helps organize a visual image and facilitate in interpretation and comprehension of the image. Unity is achieved in The Last Supper through space and the use of similar shapes. The space has unity because the elements function together for the viewer to understand the meaning of the painting. The figures of the disciples and Jesus create unity with the space. The rectangular windows used throughout the image achieve unity and an organized atmosphere. The elements of art and principals of design are prominent in The Last Supper. They also help convey information. The expressions on the disciple’s faces show confusion, and the emphasis on Jesus shows his importance. . The Last Supper is one of the world’s most famous paintings. Although the painting has not had the best restoration, it’s still beautiful and thought
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