Reading for Friday October 11, 2019
The Leonardo Da'Vinci depiction of the Last Supper in Milan, Italy is perhaps the most famous of many renditions of the Last Supper. Jesus and all the apostles are positioned on the same side of the table. While historically inaccurate, this was done for at least two reasons. The obvious reason is for perspective. Da'Vinci did not want to present the backs of some of the apostles. The other reason goes to the purpose of the painting. Today the purpose of the painting is that of a tourist attraction. As many or more who come to see it, come because they are fans of Da'Vinci's talents more than they are fans of Biblical stories. However, the work was originally commissioned with the idea that a table would be placed next to the painting which allow monks to sit at the table with Jesus and the apostles. Not only are all the people on the same side of the table, but the painting is also made to look as an extension of the room, a sort of 3D effect, or a virtual reality of the day. Would you find it easier to remain on The Path if you were sitting down to three meals a day in the company of Jesus and the apostles?
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