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Leonardo da Vinci’s Oil Painting Technique – How to paint like the Old Masters.

Leonardo da Vinci’s  Oil Painting Technique – How to paint like the Old Masters.



Leonardo da Vinci’s Oil Painting Technique – How to paint like the Old Masters.

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The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper (Italian: Il Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena) is a 15th century mural painting in Milan created by Leonardo da Vinci for his patron Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess Beatrice d’Este. It represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of John 13:21, when Jesus announces that one of his Twelve Apostles would betray him.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Oil Painting Technique:

Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper on a dry wall rather than on wet plaster, so it is not a true fresco. Because a fresco cannot be modified as the artist works, Leonardo instead chose to seal the stone wall with a layer of pitch, gesso and mastic, then paint onto the sealing layer with tempera. Because of the method used, the piece began to deteriorate a few years after Leonardo finished it.

Two early copies of The Last Supper are known to exist, presumably the work of Leonardo’s assistant. The copies are almost the size of the original, and have survived with a wealth of original detail still intact.

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