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Subject: [CRF] The Last Supper Painting
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 17:46:06 -0500 (CDT)
The Last Supper Painting
The story of the painting, The Last Supper, is extremely interesting and
instructive.The two incidents connected with it afford a most convincing
lesson on the effects of right thinking or wrong thinking in the life of
a boy or girl, or of a man or a woman.
The Last Supper was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, a noted Italian
artist; and the time engaged for its completion was seven years. The
figures representing the twelve Apostles and Christ himself were painted
from living persons.The life-model for the painting of the figure of
When it was decided that Da Vinci would paint this great picture,
hundreds and hundreds of young men were carefully viewed in an endeavor
to find a face and personality exhibiting innocence and
beauty, free from the scars and signs of dissipation caused by sin.
Finally, after weeks of laborious searching, a young man nineteen years
of age was selected as a model for the portrayal of Christ. For six
Da Vinci worked on the production of this leading character of his
During the next six years,Da Vinci continued his labors on this sublime
work of art. One by one fitting persons were chosen to represent each of
the eleven Apostles; space being left for the painting of the figure
representing Judas Iscariot as the final task of
This was the Apostle, you remember, who betrayed his Lord for thirty
pieces of silver, worth in our present day, currency of $16.96.For
weeks, Da Vinci searched for a man with a hard callous face, with a
countenance marked by scars of avarice, deceit, hypocrisy, and crime; a
that would delineate a character who would betray his best friend.After
many discouraging experiences in searching for the type of person
to represent Judas, word came to Da Vinci that a man whose appearance
fully met his requirements had been found in a dungeon in Rome,
sentenced to die
for a life of crime and murder.
Da Vinci made the trip to Rome at once, and this man was brought out
from his imprisonment in the dungeon and led out into the light of the
sun.There Da Vinci saw before him a dark, swarthy man; his
long, shaggy and unkempt hair sprawled over his face, which betrayed a
character of viciousness and complete ruin.At last, the famous painter
had found the person he wanted to represent the character of
Judas in his painting.
By special permission from the king, this prisoner was carried to Milan
where the picture was being painted; and for months he sat before Da
Vinci at appointed hours each day as the gifted artist diligently
continued his task of transmitting to his painting this base character
in the picture
representing the traitor and betrayer of our Savior.
As he finished his last stroke, he turned to the guards and said,"I have
finished.You may take the prisoner away."As the guards were leading
their prisoner away, he suddenly broke loose from their control and
rushed up to Da Vinci, crying as he did so,"O, Da Vinci, look at me! Do
you not know who I am?"
Da Vinci, with the trained eyes of a great
character student, carefully scrutinized the man upon whose face he had
constantly gazed for six months and replied, "No, I have never seen you
in my life until you were brought before me out of the dungeon in Rome."
Then, lifting his eyes toward heaven, the prisoner said,"Oh,God, have I
fallen so low?"Then turning his face to the painter he cried,"Leonardo
Da Vinci! Look at me again for I am the same man you painted just seven
years ago as the figure of Christ."
This is the true story of the painting of The Last Supper that teaches
so strongly the lesson of the effects of right or wrong thinking on the
life of an individual.
Here was a young man whose character was so pure, unspoiled by the sins
of the world that he presented a countenance of innocence and beauty fit
to be used for the painting of a representation of Christ. But within
seven years, following the thoughts of sin and a life of crime, he
was changed into a perfect picture of the most traitorous character ever
known in the history of the world.
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the
world's getting worse and worse.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the
Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided they do not have to
believe, think, say, or do anything the Bible says.
Funny how someone can say "I believe in God" but still follow Satan (who
also "believes" in God).
Funny how you can send a thousand 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread
like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord,
people think twice about sharing.
Funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely through
cyberspace, but the public discussion of Jesus is
suppressed in the school
FUNNY, ISN'T IT?
Are you thinking?
Spread the Word!
"Have A Beautiful Evening"