The Last But Not Least Supper

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The Last But Not Least Supper

last-supper-sopranosIn light of this past weekend’s Easter festivities, we thought it appropriate to share some of our favorite pop culture reincarnations of Da Vinci’s Last Supper (1494-1498). While Da Vinci’s masterpiece itself may have deteriorated throughout the centuries due to the very experimental and ultimately unsuitable mixture of tempera and oil used (by 1556, Vasari described it as already “ruined”), these digital versions will be sure to last for many more centuries to come. The theme of the “cenacolo” is, in effect, very typical of florentine renaissance art; however, it can be traced back far before then to 4th century catacomb paintings. Nonetheless, we can be sure that neither Da Vinci’s contemporaries (Ghirlandaio, Perugino, and Giampietrino) who produced last suppers of their own, nor other artists with later manifestations (including Dalì’s of 1955) could have imagined the permutations that would ensue. Empire created a slideshow of the top 12, but we can’t help but gravitate towards the one that is perhaps the furthest from (but also in some ways, very close to) the original… alla Sopranos.

 

2015-04-07T16:45:33+00:00 April 7th, 2015|