The Last Supper

We had our first formal dinner last night in front of the Royal Academy’s early copy of Leonardo’s Last Supper.   I found it forced attention on the drama of the action:  the way that St. James reacts by spreading out his arms, thereby preventing doubting Thomas from getting near Jesus, who is isolated from the others, having just declared that one of them will betray him.   As dramatic narrative, demonstrating the way that Leonardo created drama compositionally, the copy is as good as the original (and, dare I say it, given the state of the original, more legible):-

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