Essay: Importance of Christianity

Sample Essay

Considering the scene, it is a reflection of the importance of Christianity at the time that a scene from the gospel was being represented. The Church held supreme power and was a central part of the lives of many people at the time in 1497 when the work came out. It is painted on a wall but is not a fresco because it is not on wet plaster.

Leonardo can be seen to have used the common technique of showing each apostle at one side of the table and makes use of space and context with the background. There is also use of symbolism which was important at the time with three windows on the back wall and apostles in groups of three, pointing to the holy trinity. Jesus’s head is located at the vanishing point for all perspective lines with angles and lights drawing attention to it.

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