Before and After: the Last Supper

posted May 6, 2010, 12:23 AM by Professor Katz
Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper (1498), a fresco (NOT a painting, thank you, Mr Dan Brown) can be seen in Milan.  If there's a woman in the picture, then poor Leonardo forgot to paint one of the Twelve Apostles!  Anyway, note that Jesus is saying, 'one of you shall betray me':
 
 
BUT...after the Counter-Reformation, the moment portrayed is when Jesus says, 'This is my body', thereby establishing the Eucharist.  See, for example, the painting by Juan de Juanes (c.1523-1570), now at the Prado in Madrid:
 
 
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