Could Da Vinci have painted part of Belgium’s ‘The Last Supper’ replica?
According to an American professor, Leonardo Da Vinci most probably had a hand in painting the version of The Last Supper that resides in Tongerlo Abbey in East Flanders.
The Last Supper painting, a life-sized copy of one of Da Vinci’s most renowned paintings, has been held by the Norbertijnen Abbey in Tongerlo for over 450 years and was thought to have been created by Da Vinci’s pupils.
The original Last Supper painting by Da Vinci:
The Last Supper replica painting that resides in Tongerlo Abbey in East Flanders that Da Vinci may have helped paint.
Although Da Vinci is world-renowned, he has not left behind many pictures. In fact, only eighteen pictures can be ascribed to him reliably worldwide. Now it seems, however, that Da Vinci himself painted sections of the replica. Now it seems, however, that Da Vinci himself painted sections of the replica. Together with a group of researchers from the Imec Research Institute, Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts walked over the canvas with multispectral cameras that can reconstruct the various parts of the painting and differentiate the restorations from the original.
According to Isbouts, a figure specifically sands out to the eye. John, the apostle on the left hand of Jesus, is depicted with the unique method of ‘ sfumato. ‘ This is the same method used to paint the Mona Lisa, and the only artist who learned it was Da Vinci himself, Isbouts said.
The apostle John also appears especially androgynous, with separate feminine characteristics, which, according to Isbouts, is a continuous feature in the other pictures of Da Vinci. This might even be a second edition of The Last Supper, he added, rather than just a duplicate.
Other specialists will now have to confirm the hypothesis of Isbouts. It is also underway to investigate the pigments in the paint to see if they fit those in the workshop of Da Vinci.