Top Ten Paintings of The Last Supper

Top Ten Paintings of The Last Supper

       In the Christian Gospels, the Last Supper, also called the Mystical Supper, was the last meal Jesus shared with his Twelve Apostles and disciples before his death. According to what Paul the Apostle recounted in 1 Corinthians 11:23–26, in the course of the Last Supper, and with specific reference to eating bread and drinking from a cup, Jesus told his disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me.” In the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus institutes a new covenant of his blood and body, the wine and bread. Many Christians describe this as the “Institution of the Eucharist.” Scholars have looked to the Last Supper as the source of early Christian Eucharist traditions. Others see the account of the Last Supper as derived from 1st century Eucharistic practice as described as early as the mid-50’s of that century (the date of the writing of 1 Corinthians), 20-25 years after the death of Jesus. The Gospel of John recounts, instead of the institution of this new covenant with wine and bread, Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet and also depicts Jesus as speaking at length in his farewell discourse about his divine role. The vessel which was used to serve the wine is sometimes called the Holy Chalice and has been one of the supposed subjects of Holy Grail literature in Christian mythology.

  1. The Last Supper (1497) by Leonardo Da Vinci

    Da Vinci’s Last Supper has become one of the most widely appreciated masterpieces in the world. It began to acquire its unique reputation immediately after it was finished in 1498 and its prestige has never diminished. Despite the many changes in tastes, artistic styles, and rapid physical deterioration of the painting itself, the painting’s status as an extraordinary creation has never been questioned nor doubted. The perfection of this work lies not only in the artistic merits of the painting, but also in Leonardo’s expressive mastery. Leonardo’s Last Supper is an ideal pictorial representation of the most important event in the Christian doctrine of salvation, the institution of the Eucharist. His representation of this part of the Christian story has achieved a unanimous acceptance and authority. No other painting of a Christian subject dominates our imagination with the same power of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. There are countless copies and reproductions of this particular painting in homes, places of worship, and museums throughout the world. However, when thoughts turn to the Last Supper, we seem to see only Leonardo’s representation before us. The painting has also been subject to much attention due to the number of restorations it has had to face since its completion in the 15th century. The most recent restoration lasted twenty years and has been the subject of much controversy. The painting that remains so influential has been frequently referred to as “repainted,” not “restored.” However, restoration has been an ongoing reality with this masterpiece due to the unprecedented manner in which Leonardo painted it. Although restoration may have altered Leonardo’s painting to a degree, it has prolonged the life of this painting for future generations to appreciate and view.
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  2. The Last Supper (1594) by Tintoretto

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  3. The Last Supper (1580) by Tintoretto

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  4. The Last Supper (1784) by Benjamin West

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  5. The Last Supper (1640) by Nicolas Poussin

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  6. The Last Supper (1502) by Luca Signorelli

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  7. The Last Supper (1630) by Peter Paul Rubens

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  8. The Last Supper (1799) by William Blake

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  9. The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955) by Salvador Dalí

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  10. The Last Supper by Mestre Ataíde

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  11. The Last Supper (1446) by Fra Angelico

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  12. The Last Supper (1306) by Giotto

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  13. Bonus: Last Supper (1986) by Andy Warhol

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