Leonardo Da Vinci The Last Supper Analysis

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Reem Krimly
Dr. Jason Heitrick
World Cultures II
April 16, 2017
Research Paper

Da Vinci’s Take on The Last Supper

The Last Supper is one of the world’s most famous and widely recognized paintings painted by the multi-talented Italian inventor, sculptor, scientist, mathematician, architect and painter Leonardo Da Vinci. A prime example and product of Italian High Renaissance art, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is a mural located in in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy and painted in the 15th century. The painting depicts the religious scene of Jesus Christ in The Last Supper with his Apostles (Thought Co). This paper aims to examine The Last Supper as a painting, its painter, the artistic period it’s associated
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