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What do you think Simon, Thaddens, and Matthew are telling about Jesus 1/5

The attached partial image is from famous Last supper painting from Leonardo di Vinci. He was a smart person and this painting is mostly his view.

Question: What do you think Simon, Thaddens, and Matthew are telling about Jesus in this painting considering their body language and gestures?

Background: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

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WaterStreetCommented:
There are strong arguments that the Last Supper was held during the holy day period of Passover when unleavened bread is commanded to be eaten and when leavened bread is absolutely prohibited.  It looks like regular bread rolls are on the table.  This could be what Simon, Thaddens, and Matthew are telling about Jesus.  Nevertheless, it's just a painting by a human, who might have been mistaken about the ritual.

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http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Last-Supper-Passover-Meal
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
The question is what da Vinci is being subjective (as most of us often are). Yet the question remains what is he trying to tell us? The truth maybe different but this question is not about that.

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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Please note that the point of this question is not to discuss and discover a religious truth. The intention is to discuss what is da Vinci is trying to tell us by the choice of gestures, body languages, and facial expressions he has painted this. Also see:

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/Philosophy_Religion/Q_27387452.html 
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/Philosophy_Religion/Q_27387641.html

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/Philosophy_Religion/Q_27387642.html

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/Philosophy_Religion/Q_27387651.html
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Other/Philosophy_Religion/Q_27387655.html

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WaterStreetCommented:
With an artist, like di Vinci, there might be two different audiences for political or religious purposes.  For example, the Church as one audience to express an accepted religious point; and a second audience for di Vinci to express his true feelings.  So, the gestures, body language and facial expressions could express either disagreement or positive amazement.

Who knows?
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Mike EghtebasDatabase and Application DeveloperAuthor Commented:
WaterStreet,

Thank you for you valid inputs. I home some other people to join in and add their point of views.

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CallandorCommented:
He obviously wasn't interested in historical accuracy, because people normally don't eat a meal sitting on just one side of a table.

They are all portrayed very happy, in contrast to the solemnity in the narrative when Jesus said this would be the last meal he would share with them on earth.  Perhaps da Vinci viewed the occasion as a precursor to the wedding feast in heaven that Jesus said would happen, and therefore was an occasion of rejoicing.  It seems that they are responding to a comment made by Jesus.
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TlingitCommented:
The last supper was not held during the passover.  It was held a day before the passover and that is why there is leavened bread, fish, and herbs.  I think it depicts when Jesus says somebody is going to betray him and everybody is discussing who that might be.
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WaterStreetCommented:
The Passover starts at sundown the previous day.  For example, if the first day of Passover is on a Friday then the holy day period starts at sundown on Thursday.  

The tradition is to remove all bread and leaven products from the household before around mid-day of that previous day.  Firstborn sons are to fast on that previous day, until after sundown at which time all Jews are commanded to eat the unleavened bread, matzoh, and refrain from eating leavened bread during the Passover period.
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Jason210Commented:
What we see here is an interpretation of the story of the last meal based on scriptural sources from the New Testement. Those sources are all we have to go on, and they are all da Vinci had to go when he painted this. So if there is an answer to your question, then I suggest you look at these sources for it:

Matthew 26:17-30
Mark 14:12-26
Luke 22:7-39
John 13:1-17:26

Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians is thought by some to have been written before the Gospels. This also includes a reference to the Last Supper but does not give details.

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CallandorCommented:
After reviewing the other questions, I think this is about responding to Jesus' statement that someone would betray him.  Lots of discussion among the disciples and wondering what Jesus meant by the statement.
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