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All about Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci is a very well known Renaissance artist.  Throughout his life as an artist, Da Vinci was constantly inventing and coming up with one extravagant painting after another. Many are still talked about and adored to this day. One in particular, that is commonly seen hanging in the homes of Catholics or Christians is The Last Supper, created in 1498. Here he re-created the scene in which Christ and the apostles are gathered together for the Lord’s Supper, which is an Easter/Lenten tradition, celebrated on Holy Thursdays. The painting is set up in an extraordinary way that truly makes the meaning and significance of the scene come to life.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1498

Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1498

The figures are seated at the table in a rectangular room. There are tapestries on either side of the table that hang on the walls. In the background, behind Christ and the apostles the audience is shown a beautiful landscape which consists of mountains and skies that are represented in tones of blue and gray. Da Vinci is using a very commonly used technique from the Renaissance in this area called aerial perspective. This is when an illusion of depth is created that depicts the landscape. You can also tell because the colors become gloomier here. Da Vinci also puts major thought into setting up the painting’s composition. As Christ is the most significant character in this painting, he centers him and places his apostles along side him. He also does this by using one-point linear perspective to create even more emphasis on Christ. This allows the audience to be drawn right into the painting, center stage. The apostles are then set up to be touching. Although their hands are not interlocked, they are loosely linked to portray their prominent roles in the scene that is taking place.

The Last Supper highlights two very significant early Renaissance traditions that were used by painters of this time, composition and perspective. Da Vinci does an excellent job in doing this and also adds much emotion and logic to the story behind it. His choice of different shadow colors also illustrates and sets the mood of the scene, which delivers great sensation to the piece.

Create your own Last Supper!  Print the coloring sheet below and see how you can create depth with color as well.

Posted by Andi Thea, on April 27th, 2015 at 9:38 am. No Comments

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Hide and Seek

If you caught our Where’s Waldo post a few weeks ago, you’ll see that today we’re jumping into the big leagues of hidden pictures!

As a kid, I was all about hide-and-seek. It took creativity, speed, sneakiness, and patience… what a mature set of skills to develop during a children’s game! I’d like to think I was a pretty gifted hide-and-seeker, but I was nothing compared to Liu Bolin. This man is a professional!

He blends seamlessly into his surroundings by painting himself  (with the help of assistants) to match his location. From grocery aisles to velvet seats to busy city scenes, he matches himself so precisely that sometimes it really is tough to find him!

  Liu Bolin, Hiding in New York No. 3 – Magazine Rack, 2011

 Can you spot him in each of these photographs? I’ll give you a hint—the easiest thing to do is start by finding his shoes. This Chinese-born artist shows exactly what it means to be a real-life human chameleon! He has built an extensive collection of so many diverse and interesting landscapes and locations from New York to Beijing to Venice! If you like what you see, definitely check out more of his work!

This would be an awfully time-consuming way to play hide-and-seek, don’t you think? What’s the best hiding spot you ever had playing the game? Would you ever try to blend into your surroundings instead of being out of sight?

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No. 94 - In the Woods, 2010

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No. 99 - Three Goddesses, 2012

Liu Bolin, Royal Box at Teatro alla Scala, 2010

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No. 93 - Supermarket No. 2, 2010

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