Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Renaissance Post

For this Renaissance post I chose to write about Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Out of all the

paintings to choose from what I really connected with this painting. So as part of this post I guess I will

answer the required questions. As we discussed in class the way the painting is looks like the table is

elongated (since it really is across a big wall) but the background looks like the room is longer so the table

should be that way too since it would seem logical. But the table and the windows also create a positioning

or vanishing point so your eyes are automatically drawn to the middle of the painting right to Christ. I would

have to say that the colors, lines, and forms are there because it would just be a plain bare wall of nothing if

all three of those weren’t there. They create the painting, that’s what every painting creates. Lines, forms,

and colors and paintings coincide with each other to create art. Da Vinci create depth with along the walls

and the back windows to create the illusion that the room they were in must have been really huge if it looks

that long with that wide of a table. In one way the painting is a product of its own time is what we talked

about during class. The people in the painting are poised and have so much order to it that it fits perfectly. It

represents perfection and idealism of renaissance art all while being so symbolic of the Church and what they

thought of as the last supper with Jesus. But what I love most about it is the fact that it’s so simplistic with

just the men, a giant room, and a table that that’s all it needs. Some of the Baroque versions of this painting I

thought were too much, they may have seemed more candid but also a bit more complicated. Da Vinci’s

version is just so simplistic that it represents Renaissance so great. But while talking about this painting you

cannot not see the blending of math and science with art. All of the lines and forms create something

mathematical whether it be a triangle, the vanishing point to the middle of the painting or the position of each

person creates enough balance to show that while they are having the last supper Christ is in the middle and

always will be.

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