The Recumbent Supper

If I accosted you on the street, grabbed you by the shoulders, and blurted, “The Last Supper!” involuntarily (and to spite your fear of being pawed and shouted at by a lunatic) an image would form in your head. We all know what that image is without any need of my describing it because its roughly the same image we all conjure up. It would seem that Western depictions of the last supper, most notably Leonardo Da Vinci’s incredibly iconic version, have dominated the popular imagination in regard to this biblical event to such a degree that we’ve been left with an unshakeable mental image. As it happens, however, it’s an image which deviates considerably not only from scriptural description but from historical reality.

07.20. filed under: art. belief. books. history.


“well, does the historical accuracy of paintings depicting fictional events matter much?”

I’d liken it to historical nerds getting hung up on details in period dramas. It matters to some people.

Really interesting piece. I do find it fascinating how removed most western culture is from the reality of biblical times. I mean, it’s a bit weird. Thought they’d want all the details. Like enthusiasts of ancient Greek culture. Or enthusiasts of just about anything else.

posted on 07.21 at 07:14 AMPierce


http://www.reserveaspotinheaven.com  , it solves everything.

posted on 07.21 at 04:07 PM.


From the quoted passage, Rudofski seems to be guilty of a historical fallacy himself: he is assuming that the artists were trying to get those details right. But historicism is a modern (nineteenth century) concern.

posted on 07.23 at 05:36 PM.


Why the blurry picture? I though the post was going to be of the Da Vinci Code. Would like your opinion about it though!

posted on 09.14 at 07:51 PMMotorcycle Fairings

return to the front page