..Orna Ben-Shoshan..

The Last Supper
My Version of the Famous Painting

One of the world's greatest masterpieces was completed in 1498 on the wall of Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milano, Italy. Leonardo da Vinci was 40 years old. It took him 4 years to complete his masterpiece.

Five centuries later, "The Last Supper" continues to inspire artists of modern times, who re-created the scene, giving it their own interpretations and presenting it in contemporary versions.

Being born in the land where the history actually happened, I took the liberty to create my own version of The Last Supper. Here I took da Vinci's creation in a different direction:

Instead of a last supper before the ending of a life, my own version shows a last supper before rebirth, a moment before a latent potential materializes. A significant symbol for birth and new beginnings is the feminine figure who carries the seed of life.

The figures in da Vinci's original masterpiece were replaced here with pregnant women, who are expecting to give birth the next day. These women are the vessel through which new souls are incarnated. Their Last Supper is a celebration for their forthcoming fulfillment.

One male is present in the scene to demonstrate the balance of a human society. A night of full moon symbolizes the feminine energies of creation and realization. The large texts on the walls are letter combinations of the Hebrew Alphabet, which, according to the Kabbalah – compose the genetic code of the universe. The essence of this scene is of hope and expectation for good outcomes.

During my creation process, I chose to be loyal to da Vinci's genius composition in order to let it reflect through my work. This painting was created as digital art, and is printed as collectors' limited edition on canvas.

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Website: www.ben-shoshan.com.
Video presentation of The Last Supper: youtube.com/watch?v=ZtayoBsOEEQ.