Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

By Ify Nwebube, Talon Staff writer

 

The famous painting, The Last Supper, is a late fifteenth century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci. It is located in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Milan. It is one of the world’s most famous paintings, representing the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and His Twelve Disciples. This is when Jesus told them that one of His disciples would betray Him.

 

This memorable scene to Christians can be found in the Gospel of John 31:21. This situation also includes when Jesus gave the Disciples the bread and wine, representing His body and His blood, to do this in memory of Himself. Although this painting is also unforgettable, this painting has a lot of history behind it.

 

The Last Supper was painted in 1494 and was completely finished in 1498. The location of this fresco, Santa Maria Delle Grazie, was bombed during World War II, on August 15, 1943. These bombs were dropped by American and British planes, hitting the church and the convent. Much of the refectory was destroyed but The Last Supper was fortunately saved. The Last Supper was bagged in order to protect it. Preservation works are done to maintain it for the future. The Last Supper has now been safe for many centuries.

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 says:

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

As we grow spiritually and mentally, we should use what we have been given from God and show what He has taught us through anything. Whether it is music, writings, or paintings, like da Vinci, we should show what God has given us and what He has taught us to show our love for Him. Doing things will not only make us spiritually grow, but we will become greater children of God.