The Last Supper_Leonardo da Vinci

Last but not least, The Last Supper, by Leonardo. I could write a book about this painting, and many others have. Just a few things that you need to know. 

It is another fresco on a wall of a church in Northern Italy. But because of dampness, and some experiments by the artist, the paint has been falling off for centuries.

The most important thing I want you to know is that these are first, not saints, but real men in a real life situation. Jesus has just announced that one of the disciples will betray Jesus, and he will be arrested and killed.

What do real humans do in this situation?

One faints, another can’t believe it, yet another worries if he is the one.  And Judas pulls back, wondering if Jesus knows it is him. The painting is a psychological portrait of everyone in this room, reinforcing the idea that renaissance art is about reality.

Lighting, space, real three dimensional people; and a psychological dimension to the people portrayed in the art, are all elements of renaissance art.