Last Supper (Ghirlandaio)
|Dimensions||400 cm × 810 cm (160 in × 320 in)|
|Location||Cenacolo di Ognissanti, Florence|
The Last Supper (1480) is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance artist Domenico Ghirlandaio. It depicts Jesus and the Apostles during the Last Supper, with Judas sitting separately on the near side of the table, as is common in depictions of the Last Supper in Christian art.
Ghirlandaio was already famous and was about to travel to Rome to paint the Sistine Chapel with other Florentine painters when he received the commission for this fresco. During the restoration of the fresco later, a preliminary sketch of it was discovered on the left wall of the refectory in Cenacolo di Ognissanti.
It is likely that Leonardo da Vinci was already familiar with Ghirlandaio's treatment of the Last Supper, as well as that of Castagno, and painted his own Last Supper in a more dramatic form to contrast with the stillness of these works, so that more emotion would be displayed.
- Leonardo da Vinci, the Last Supper: a cosmic drama and an act of redemption by Michael Ladwein 2006 page 27