Leonardo and The Last Supper: Ross King
Most of the men portrayed in Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper seem tremendously agitated and definitely not enjoying their meal. It's thought Da Vinci was showing the disciples at the exact moment Jesus explains that one will soon betray him.
In the years since, the painting itself has been victim to many betrayals. It began deteriorating almost as soon as Da Vinci finished it. A doorway was cut through it, French troops may have vandalized it, an Allied bomb just missed it. And yet, pitted and damaged as it may be, it's one of the most recognized paintings in the world. A masterpiece.
In his new book, Canadian author Ross King walks us through the political climate of da Vinci's late 15th century Milan and gives an intimate portrait of one of art's greatest masters. The book is entitled Leonardo and The Last Supper, and it's this year's recipient of the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Ross King wa in Oxford, England.
This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien.
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