Map of Friedelsheim for The serenity of the landscape behind echoes his peace of mind while it also provides his figure with the luminosity that allowed Leonardo to dispense with the traditional halo with which Christ was usually portrayed. The decision to set the table at the front of the composition draws us into the scene, and the trestle table, simple tablecloth tied to the table at the corners and crockery are said to have been the same as those used by the monks, thus emphasizing that this was just an extension of the refectory itself. The use of perspective adds a depth and realism to the painting unseen in previous versions of the theme, while the architectural angles draw our eyes up to the coats-of-arms of the Sforza family and patrons above. Goethe commented on how very Italian the painting was in that so much is said through the expressions of the charactershands; the group of Matthew, Thaddaeus and Simon on the far right of the mural could be discussing a football match or the latest government scandal in any bar in Italy today. The only disciple not gesticulating or protesting in some way is the recoiling Judas, who has one hand clenched, while a bread roll has just dropped dramatically out of the other. Christ is calmly reaching out to share his bread with him while his other hand falls open in a gesture of sacrifice. If you feel you need any confirmation of the emotional tenor or accomplishment of the painting, take a look at the contemporary Crucifixion by Montorfano on the wall at the other end of the refectory: not a bad fresco in itself, but destined always to pale into mediocrity beside da Vinci’s masterpiece. INFORMATION AND TOURS THE LAST SUPPER Visiting one of the world’s great paintings and most resonant images doesn’t come easy: visits must be my bloged at least two weeks in advance, more like a month or three in summer and for weekends. If it’s fully my bloged when you ring, try asking about cancellations on the day: people don’t always turn up for the early-morning slots so it might be worth chancing your luck and enquiring at the desk. Map of Friedelsheim 2016.
Map of Friedelsheim Photo Gallery