A Comparison Of Da Vinci's And Tintoretto's The Last Supper

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A Comparison of Da Vinci's and Tintoretto's The Last Supper

The two paintings and artists I am going to compare and contrast are "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) and "The Last Supper" by Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594). Although I am not a religious person, the sight of the painting by Tintoretto amazed me for the simple fact that it is so different from "The Last Supper" I grew up with.

The first, and most obvious, difference between the two is the color. The work done by da Vinci is bright with lighter colors, and you can tell it takes place during the day. On the other hand, the work done by Tintoretto is dark-lightened only by fire, and the time of day is not as obvious. The painting's surrounding is almost in a bar-like place, and the picture is not as intimate as da Vinci's.

The placement of the Last Supper's table is different. Da Vinci places his table in the center, with the main people facing the viewer. On the contrary, Tintoretto places his table to the left hand side of the painting, and the main people are looking towards the other "regular" people in the painting.

In Tintoretto's paint, the figure of Jesus has a large halo around his head and he also gives the apostles small halos. There is no halo in da Vinci's work, although having the windows behind Jesus' head gives the impression of a halo. In Tintoretto's work, there are a couple of interesting things going on. On the lower side of the painting, there is a cat looking into a basket, although I'm not sure of the significance. Also, on the upper left side, there seems to be spirits surrounding the flame, which is above a woman whom I can only guess is Mary Magdalene. Also, there appear to be angels coming down from the ceiling on the right side of the painting. To guard him from the "normal" people, maybe? In da Vinci's...

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