Leonardo da Vinci received complaints about his procrastinating from one of the priors while painting The Last Supper. He solved the argument by threatening to use that particular prior as the model for Judas in the fresco. The complaints stopped shortly after he made this remark.

28 Interesting Facts About The Last Supper Painting

It’s without a doubt one of the most recognized paintings of all time, created by the ultimate polymath in history. In this post, You’ll discover the ultimate list of facts about the Last Supper Painting.

1. The Last Supper has an illustrious painter

The Last Supper was created by one of the most talented individuals to have ever lived, Leonardo da Vinci. He is most known as a painter, but he was a true polymath of the renaissance in every sense of the word.

He was born in the region of Florence, Italy, halfway through the 15th century, and despite being so talented, he has been described as both the “Renaissance Man” and the ultimate example of procrastination and distraction.

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10 thoughts on “Leonardo da Vinci received complaints about his procrastinating from one of the priors while painting The Last Supper. He solved the argument by threatening to use that particular prior as the model for Judas in the fresco. The complaints stopped shortly after he made this remark.”

  1. JordanCurtain

    Addendum 1: He eventually found a model in the Milan jail.

    Addendum 2: Da Vinci preferred to work slowly so he could make changes to his work frequently. Because of the pressure put on his he decided to use an experimental techniqe of applying an undercoat of white lead and using tempera paints on a dry plaster wall. This resulted in the paint starting to flake shortly after the work was completed in 1498.

  2. SomewhatIntriguing

    > The painting was **commissioned in the 1490s** by the **Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza** also referred to as Ludovico Il Moro.
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    >His initial idea was to **turn the original church**, which was completed in the 1480s, **into a family mausoleum**. He commissioned the painting to serve for this purpose.
    >
    >These plans, however, [were never completed](https://web.archive.org/web/20130329015213/http://www.timeout.com/milan/attractions/venue/1:7329/santa-maria-delle-grazie-the-last-supper) and only a small mortuary chapel was built adjacent to the cloister. **The Last Supper was eventually painted on the wall for the refectory** (dining hall) of the convent.

    Ironic that da Vinci was criticized for procrastinating when Ludovico never even got close to finishing his mausoleum.

  3. Remorseful_User

    That’s one way to overcome a prior conviction.

    I’ll let myself out.

  4. Phenotyx

    What is a prior in this context

  5. Nazamroth

    Did he paint the kangaroo into the picture in the end?

  6. winazoid

    Lol I love Da Vinci

    Dude had an assistant that he would berate all the time…but he left a lot of his paintings to his goofy incompetent assistant

    And that assistant sold Da Vinci paintings cheap for drinking money lol

  7. LstCrzyOne

    “Shut up or so help me god I’ll put you in this painting!”

  8. DarrenTheDrunk

    He was notorious for being slow or not even completing stuff, usually got distracted by something else

  9. ahorseofborscht

    Seeing this painting in person is quite the experience. I remember needing to go through an airlock type of entrance as the interior temperature and humidity is carefully controlled, and just a small number of people could be in the space at a time. It’s not a large room and the painting is smaller than you might imagine.

  10. _PM_ME_YOUR_VULVA_

    *Judas in the Fresco* sounds like a fantastic name for a band.

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