Last Supper, The (Leonardo da Vinci) Easter Egg - Jesus & Judas

In the painting, he found a baker (or other commonfolk) who's face he wanted for Jesus. After painting Jesus, he kept painting the rest of the picture, until it was time to paint in Judas. He went around, and found the person he was looking for. It was the same model for Jesus that he had used years ago! He was now homeless and living on the street!

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Contributed By: Pintong on 09-15-1999
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Underhoot writes:
For a reliable medieval source giving the history of Leonardo's "The Last Supper," see: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/vasari1.html
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Quantaur writes:
Whether an egg or trivia, this is actually false. The Snopes Urban Legend page (located at snopes.com/spoons/glurge/lastsupp.htm) states that there are no records of whom da Vinci used as models for the figures. Other facts about this can be found at the above address.
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A.P.G. writes:
I had heard a different version of the Jesus & Judas story. Da Vinci found a handsome young man for his model for Jesus. A long time later, to find a model for Judas, he went to a prison to find the most vile looking criminal. He found one and told the man about the painting and how he was to be used as a model for Judas. After hearing this, the criminal began to cry. Da Vinci asked him why this upset him. The criminal told him that years ago he was the model for Jesus.
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Trivimaster writes:
This is a Triviastic fact, not an eegg.
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Dave writes:
I first heard this story about 50 years ago. At that time the story was not about Leonardo di Vinci but only about a famed painter. Now it appears to be surfacing under his name. I wonder if the story is true but not about Leonardo.
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Cort writes:
My dear, you really should check out snopes.com regularly....they expose the truth on these so-called eggs and urban myths on a daily basis.
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prodgod writes:
If I am not mistaken, the model for Judas was DaVinci himself.
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Marcus writes:
Read Leo Perutz "Leonard's Judas" if you like a good fiction about this.
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amber writes:
i thought that he (judas' model)had been arrested for two account of murder and was in the roman jail. but oh well
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BrotherBob writes:
Regarding the model for Judas, see: "[Da Vinci's] preoccupation with using the right model for the various disciples can be detected in his wry suggestion that the irritating Prior of the Santa Maria Monastery himself sit for the character of Judas!" - p. 22 The Templar Revelation by Lynn Pickett and Clive Prince. Rev. Robert Farrior, DD The Gnostic Church
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rockyfiend writes:
i had heard he searched for judas's face only to use his employer but i don't think we'll ever really know
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dragon_toes writes:
As for who he used for Judas, I have heard another story. I heard leonardo went out looking for an ugly person to portray Judas, he met a priest and when the priest got angry with him for looking for an ugly person, di vinci used the priests face
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Choas writes:
Drachean, are you a visitor of the snopes forums? If not, It sounds like you should be! I am.
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Check out www.truthorfiction.com for a concise explanation on why this "last supper" story is pure fiction.
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wesISgod writes:
If this IS true how ironic is it that when painting a portrait of a passover seder (yes, Jesus's last meal was a seder and yes he was a jew, how else could he be a rabbi?) that Divinci used a baker, one who makes bread, which is not kosher for passover?
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fats writes:
Ugh, you just don't get it, Lita2x. You see, that was just another silly part of this silly legend. Think about it. Did you actually talk to this guy? Did he say "Hey, Lita2x, did you know that I was the model for Jesus AND Judas in the last supper painting?"? No? Oh, I guess you were just having a hard time understanding. Next time, try not to be a smartass 'til you have some backing.
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Lita-2x writes:
It's true that J&J were the same model............Jesus was when he was a child and Judas when he was an adult..........he cried when he found out about the painting and confessed he was both.......so there you go!
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