What do you think Bartholomew’s gesture is telling about Jesus – part 3/5

Posted on 2011-10-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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 Bartholomew’s gesture is telling about Jesus in this painting considering his body language?

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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Question by:Mike Eghtebas
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    Multiple questions.  Same answer.

    My guess is that all this is concern about the prohibition (and the subsequent controversy) of having regular (leavened) bread at the Passover table.  See my original comment about this at
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    by:Mike Eghtebas
    The question is what da Vinci, is being subjective (as most of us often are), is he trying to tell us? The truth maybe different but this question is not about that.

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    by:Mike Eghtebas
    Please note that the point of this question is not to discuss and discover a religious truth. The intention is to discuss what 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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    Thank you.
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    He looks pretty shocked to me. As do James and Andrew.  These seem to form a group of three also:
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    He is doing some serious mulling over what he just heard.

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