FORMAL ANALISYS: THE LAST SUPPER BY LEONARDO DA VINCI
As we all know the Last Supper is the last dinner that Jesus shared with his Apostles before he was betrayed and crucified. Although this theme occurs in many works, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is the most famous and has been a subject of many discussions. Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most remarkable painters, sculptors, architects and brilliant philosophers of all time. He was born on April 15, 1452 near Vinci but the biggest part of his life he spent in Florence where he began drawing and after a certain period-painting. When Leonardo was fourteen he began working with Andrea del Verrocchio, who was one of the most recognized painters of his day. Da Vinci’s work soon became highly appreciated and that’s the reason why after a short period working for Verrocchio, Leonardo was employed by the Duke of Milan. From 1513, Leonardo started living in Rome where he was recognized along with one of the greatest artists of the time- Michelangelo and Rafael. Although his early work of genius was Madonna and Child, which led to his later work known worldwide as The Last Supper, Leonardo also designed court festival arenas for the Duke. He also was very interested in his own research sketches which are, as we today know, in different fields of biology as well as science and engineering. These sketches include drawings on how the heart would pump the blood to the muscles. He also produced incredible drawings of how humans could fly. By studying birds, he invented the glider, parachute, a machine that would later allow humans to fly – the helicopter. However, this part of his genius wasn’t truly appreciated at his time because these inventions were too bold and unrealistic for his coevals. The Last Supper is one of the most interesting and controversial works of Leonardo da Vinci. It is a mural painting, which means that it is directly painted on a wall, and is created by Leonardo in Milan from 1495 till...
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