TINTORETTO, Last Supper
Another last supper scene, unlike previous ones, this one is shown in a more contemporary scene, with the apostles and christ shown in a form of bar of the Renaissance times. The apostles are not the center of the scene, and are certainly not the only ones in the scene, many, many people are shown around the apostles, doing various tasks, not even caring about what is going on with the large group at the table. It incorporates many mannerist devices, like an imbalanced composition, with a disproportionate amount of figures on each side of the work, as well as visual complexity, making it easy to miss certain details. The painting manages to engage viewers, and it also is one of the first paintings to show counter reformation ideals and ideas. These ideas show the Catholics reacting to protestant reformations, and countering it with their own.
Why This Artwork?
This painting is another example of the mannerist style and representation, as well as being one of the first paintings to show the counter reformation subjects, making it an important subject for the painting as well as for this time.