Thursday, October 10, 2019


In 1495, Duke Ludovico of Milan asked the Florentine artist Leonardo DaVinci to paint the dramatic scene of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The scene was to be painted upon a large wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan. DaVinci, then 43 years old and already famous as a painter, sculptor and architect, agreed to take on the assignment.

Working slowly and with great care for detail, he spent three years completing the painting. Christ sat at the center of the table, surrounded by the disciples. In his right hand he held a wine cup, painted with marvelous realism. When the project was finally finished, DaVinci called in a friend to see it. “Give me your honest opinion,” DaVinci said.

“It’s wonderful,” the friend told him. “That cup is so real I cannot keep my eyes off it.” Immediately DaVinci took a brush and drew it across the sparkling cup. “If it affects you that way, it must not remain,” he exclaimed. “Nothing shall distract attention from the figure of Christ.”