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The Best Paintings of The Last Supper

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The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most well-known paintings in all the world. The famous fresco stands as not only an example of a beautiful piece of artwork, it is an important depiction of the final supper of Christ and his Apostles before he was executed and stands as a classic representation of one of the most important religious figures in history.

Because the final meaning is such an important aspect of the Catholic faith, the scene has been captured by thousands of talented artists over the millennia in numerous beautiful paintings. Da Vinci wasn't the only master to take on the subject - many other artists, some who are unknown and some whose work is easily recognizable, took on the task. Because there are so many paintings of The Last Supper, this list helps to identify many of the best Last Supper artwork.

  • da Vinci's The Last Supper
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    Year: 1498

    The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. It is one of the world's most famous paintings, and one of the most studied, scrutinized, and satirized. The work is presumed to have been commenced around 1495 and was commissioned as part of a scheme of renovations to the church and its convent buildings by Leonardo's patron Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The painting represents the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Disciples when Jesus announced that one of them...  more
    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
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    Rubens's Last Supper

    Rubens's Last Supper
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    Year: 1631

    The Last Supper is an oil painting by Peter Paul Rubens. It depicts Jesus and the Apostles during the Last Supper, with Judas turning back towards the viewer and away from the table. As in many other Northern European depictions, a dog with a bone can be seen in the scene, probably a simple pet. It may represent faith, dogs are traditionally symbols of and are representing faith. According to J. Richard Judson the dog near Judas, it perhaps representing greed, or representing the evil, as the companion of Judas, as in John 13:27. This painting followed the first unsuccessful attempt by Rubens to produce a Last Supper in 1611, when his patrons backed out the last minute, perhaps due to the...  more
    • Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
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    Basilica Of Santa Maria, The Last Supper

    Basilica Of Santa Maria, The Last Supper
    Photo: Maurizio OM Ongaro / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    Year: 1543

    • Artist: Gaudenzio Ferrari
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  • Bassano's The Last Supper
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    Year: 1546

    The Last Supper (1542-1546) is a painting by Italian artist Jacopo Bassano....  more
    • Artist: Jacopo Bassano
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