The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa are easily Leonardo

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The Last Supper  and the  Mona Lisa  are easily Leonardo's most famous paintings. Of  the millions who have seen reproduction of the  The Last Supper,  few realize that it is not  only a masterful painting, but also a cheap optical illusion! Painted on the wall of a  refectory (or convent dining room), it was in fact intended to appear an extension of the  room itself; the effect is achieved by the painting's perspective, which matches the lines  of the room. Thus the table of Christ floated above the heads of the dining monks. The  perspective serves other purposes as well: its lines focus on Christ's head, which is  cleverly framed by an open window–a kind of circumstantial halo. The pious would say  that Leonardo wanted to show that Jesus's natural grace provided him with this divine  framing, that Leonardo eschewed painted gold discs because they were artificial. The 
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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