Compare and contrast
The “Last Supper” by the Italian artist LEONARDO DA VINCI was painted from 1495 to 1498 as a mural in the refectory of the Dominican convent Sta Maria delle Grazie. It shows Jesus and his 12 male apostles sitting at a table in an Italian palace eating Italian food and wearing Italian clothing. The moment portrayed so brilliantly by Da Vinci is seconds after Jesus has told them that one of them would betray him. This painting is Da Vinci’s visual interpretation of the account in the gospels.
The “Last Supper” by the Polish artist BOHDAN PIASECKI was painted in 1998 oil on canvas in his studio in Warsaw. It shows Jesus and his 12 male apostles together with 6 women and 2 children reclining around a low table in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover eating Jewish food and wearing Jewish clothes. The moment portrayed so clearly by Piasecki is when Jesus raises the unleavened bread saying “this is my body”. This painting is Piasecki’s interpretation based on research into how this scene might have appeared.
Nowhere in the gospels does it say that Jesus was alone with his 12 male apostles for this important occasion.