Response To Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper

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Syad Hashami Professor Goldberg HUM 2230 16 February 2015 Response to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper As Aristotle once said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”. In more comprehensible terms, Aristotle simply stated that the context and subtext of the work is where an artist puts majority of his emphasis on, the inward significance. This phenomena is also prevalent in Leonardo da Vinci’s, The Last Supper. One can evidently see the aesthetically appealing depiction of Jesus and the consternation amongst the Twelve Disciples, however, it is the subtle messages that I feel da Vinci allocated most of his time to. In the case of this critical response, we will examine both the…show more content…
Commenced around 1495, The Last Supper was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in a time period which is referred to as the High Renaissance. The High Renaissance period spanned for a period of nearly 75 years and went from approximately 1495 to 1520. It was said to have been created by the artistic genius of people like da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. It was during this time period that the introduction of new technologies would take front stage and revolutionize Europe. Although many saw shifts in technology and invention, the Renaissance brought a shift in attitudes as well. Up until just before the Renaissance, art was mainly centered on religious themes because the main context was churches. Now that wealthy patrons began buying their own art, they could behest their own subject matters for themselves. An important aspect of art during the Renaissance period was realism and the aspect of “fidelity to nature”. This is depicted in The Last Supper. da Vinci incorporates both pre-Renaissance ideologies with new techniques to spawn art that displayed best of both time periods. Even though The Last Supper was commissioned as part of a scheme of renovations to the church and its convent buildings, the aspect of realism is

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