StudentShare solutions
Got a tricky question? Receive an answer from students like you! Try us!

Assignment example - da Vinci's The Last Supper - Image Analysis

Only on StudentShare
High school
Pages 2 (502 words)
The painting’s stylistic qualities and overall tone are revolutionary in nature, giving the painting a timeless quality that has endeared it to art critics and patrons…

Extract of sample

When one examines the work it is fairly simple to understand how the apostles’ reactions to Jesus depict their astonishment at his words. Da Vinci depicts them as astonished, crystallized in a performative, nearly ironic state of shock. Symbolically the image groups the apostles in groups of three, with each different group reacting to Jesus’ announcement in subtle yet pronounced ways. The groupings of three hold obvious religious significance as the number is echoed throughout the Bible in a number of incarnations. Perhaps the most relevant such incarnation in the context of this work is that which refers to Jesus’ resurrection after three days, as a direct result of his betrayal that led to his eventual crucifixion at the hands of the Romans. In one grouping, Bartholomew, James, son of Alphaeus and Andrew are depicted together as simple surprised. In another grouping, Judas Iscariot, Peter, and John are depicted together. In terms of Biblical significance this last grouping is the most relevant in terms of relation to Christ, as well as narrative significance within the painting. Peter and John represent two of the closet and Biblically significant disciples; also, as is well understood, Judas Iscariot is the one that would eventually betray Jesus. In the painting Judas Iscariot is depicted as the shocked and withdrawn. Scholars have noted that this is Leonardo’s attempt to depict the surprise Judas has experienced at Jesus’ revealing his machinations (Steinberg 2001). Similarly, it’s been argued that the bag Judas is clutching in his hand represents the money that he received from the individuals for turning Jesus over to them. Matthew, Jude Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot are depicted in another grouping. In this grouping the individuals are facing Simon, perhaps attempting to discern if he has any answers to the information that Jesus has just ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Contrast and Compare Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" with Gioto de Bondones The Mourning of Christ
They presented the men and women in the solemn garb of the Roma forum. Both artists believe that God, His Divine Son, the Blessed Virgin and all the saints are men and women of the noblest physical and moral type.…
4 pages (1004 words)
‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown character analysis
Silas suffered a traumatic childhood, as his drunken father regularly beat his mother for the albino son. The father blamed her for the boy's embarrassing condition. She finally dies and Silas starts blaming himself, thinking that he is responsible for his mother's death. The character Silas suffers various psychological disorders throughout his life which can be analyzed using the Diagnostic and…
4 pages (1004 words)
Image Analysis
Picture 2 is a (stauer) watch. The image is also an advertisement picture showing a stylish watch modeled from a 1922 watch. The watch features are clearly displayed as well as the watch price and reduction in price.…
7 pages (1757 words)
Da Vinci and Freud
The notebooks that Da Vinci left behind disclose an exceptionally alert and incisive mind swimming with so many fantastical initiatives that it would have taken several lifetimes to bring just the realistic to fruition. As a result of what he did accomplish and the truly breathtaking scope of what he intended to accomplish, for most of his legacy Leonard Da Vinci has been relegated to that airy…
6 pages (1506 words)
Scientist Leonardo da Vinci
Da Vinci's art was an integral part of his science, and a way to enact the scientific discoveries that he was unlocking at the time. Leonardo da Vinci would immerse himself deeply in the observation of nature, and through meticulous study uncover the mysteries behind it. Still, it has been only recently that Da Vinci's scientific work has gained the recognition that it deserves, and the importance…
4 pages (1004 words)
Leonardo Da Vinci's lasting influence on Western society
nth- and sixteenth-century Europe is represented as a repudiation of medieval values in favor of the revival of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome” (Campbell, 2004). The Renaissance period is characterized by a renewed focus on learning and knowledge. This renewed focus on learning and knowledge encouraged the curious Leonardo to explore all his interests in nature and life. Discovering how…
6 pages (1506 words)