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The Last Supper

Il Cenacolo by Leonardo da Vinci (ca. 1494–98) – Photo: Scala, Firenze (Courtesy Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali)

It’s been one of the most represented religious scenes ever. And it still is, through the many parodies and reinterpretations of the 21st century which, in some way, also served as a perfect pretext to tell worlds and events. Its representative version par excellence is definitely the one created by Leonardo da Vinci during the late 1490s, and kept in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Milan (Italy).

Due to the singular experimental technique used by Leonardo — incompatible with the humidity of the environment — and intentional damage, the work has been in a bad state of conservation for centuries, which has been, as far as possible, improved during one of the longest restorations in history, lasting since 1978 to 1999 with the most advanced techniques in the sector.

The painting portrays the hysteria and panic that arose among the Twelve Disciples when Jesus told them that one of them would betray him. The Last Supper specifically depicts the reactions that were given by each of the apostles when Jesus made his announcement. Then things have actually changed recently.

The Last Supper – from José Manuel Ballester’s Hidden Spaces series
Last Supper by Videoconference
Let’s eat at home – Shusaku Takaoka
Last Selfie – from Gunduz Agayev’s Holy Selfie series
Last Supper – David LaChapelle
The Very Last Supper Party – from Stacy Leigh’s Average Americans series
The Last Rock Supper (from Philippe de Champaigne’s La Cène) – Ryan Rapini (Left to right: Elvis Presley, Jimy Hendrix, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Robert Smith, Mick Jagger, Sid Vicious, Iggy Pop, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Syd Barrett)
The 80’s Last Supper – Bill McConkey
The Clown Last Supper – Jack in the Box
Last Supper – Victor Eugen Mihai
The Very Last Supper – Marie Marfia
Zombie Last Supper
The Lost Supper – Edmond Simpson
The Last Show (Amy Winehouse)
Supper at Sea – Ben Boling
The Last Supper with MC, easyjet, coca-cola, nutella, esselunga, IKEA, google and Ladygaga – Tomoko Nagao
Last Supper – Franck Herholdt
Hard Rock Supper – Seth Armstrong (Left to right: Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, James Brown, Sid Vicious, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa)

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