Da Vinci completed his mural of the Last Supper in the 15th century. And since then it has become one of the most recognized pieces of art in the Western world. As such, it is no doubt the image many people bring to mind when thinking of the biblical scene. However, it contains a series of historical inaccuracies.
According to experts, the table used in the painting is not right. The architecture is also inaccurate. Even the cups and tableware Jesus and his apostles use do not fit the setting. The fact that the diners are sitting upright doesn’t match the customs of the Middle East at that time, and the features, skin tone and dress of the people portrayed also seem out of place.
Nevertheless, the reported inaccuracies in The Last Supper, doesn’t make the painting any less enduring. If anything, the use of artistic license perhaps made the scene more relatable and therefore emotive for its original Western audience. In any case, the Da Vinci mural remains an important text in art history.