06 April 2011
The Last Supper
The famous ceremony told as “The Eucharist” was followed in the belief of Christianity. The Eucharist which is more popularly known as the Last Supper was the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his twelve apostles before he was crucified. According to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (New International Version) Basically, about two-thousand years ago, Jesus Christ knew one of his disciples by the name of Judas had betrayed him, and Jesus also knew that the King had sent his roman soldiers to arrest him for his crucifixion. The Last Supper was relayed differently in different parts of the world to carry on tradition, relay different messages, or add symbols to represent their version. An example of religious symbolism could be the high ceilings of cathedrals. During the Renaissance period the high ceilings were made to lift your spirit up towards God when you look up at them. The main focus of my paper is the difference in meaning of two paintings that were created to review the Last Supper. There is a famous painting that is supposed to represent the “Spanish Version of the Last Supper” by Marcos Zapata in about 1753. This painting can be found in the Cathedral of Cuzco, Peru (Palmer). Marcos Zapata was known as one of the last members of the Cuzco School. The Cuzco School was an art center which taught the native Spanish students how to paint different styles of work;...