The feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week.
Apocalypse Now (The Last Supper, SZS Version), 2008
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In the Gospels, the Last Supper (also called the Lord’s Supper or Mystical Supper) was the last meal Jesus shared with his Twelve Apostles and disciples before his crucifixion and resurrection. The Last Supper has been the subject of many paintings, perhaps the most famous by Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, 1495
The Last Supper (Italian: Il Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena) is a 15th century mural painting in Milan created by Leonardo da Vinci for his patron Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d’Este. It represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of John 13:21, when Jesus announces that one of his twelve disciples would betray him.
Tintoretto, The Last Supper, 1594.
A comparison of Tintoretto’s final The Last Supper with Leonardo da Vinci’s treatment of the same subject provides an instructive demonstration of how artistic styles evolved over the course of the Renaissance. Leonardo’s is all classical repose. The disciples radiate away from Christ in almost-mathematical symmetry. In the hands of Tintoretto, the same event becomes dramatic, as the human figures are joined by angels. A servant is foregrounded, perhaps in reference to the Gospel of John 13:14-16. In the restless dynamism of his composition, his dramatic use of light, and his emphatic perspective effects, Tintoretto seems a baroque artist ahead of his time.