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The story behind the painting of the Last Supper is extremely interesting and instructive Two incidents connected with this painting afford a most convincing lesson on the effects of thought in the life of a boy or girl or of a man or woman The Last Supper was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci a noted Italian artist The time engaged for its completion was seven years The figures representing the twelve apostles and Christ himself were painted from living persons The live model for the painting of the figure of Jesus was chosen first When it was decided that Da Vinci would paint this great picture hundreds and hundreds of young men were carefully viewed in an endeavor to find a face and personality completely devoid of dissipation caused by sin Finally after weeks of laborious searching a young man nineteen years of age was selected as the model for the portrayal of Christ For six months Da Vinci worked on the production of this leading character of the famous painting During the next six years Da Vinci continued his labors on his sublime work of art One by one fitting persons were chosen to represent each of the eleven apostles space being left for the painting of the figure representing Judas Iscariot as the final task of this Masterpiece This was the apostle you remember who betrayed his Lord for thirty pieces of silver For weeks Da Vinci searched for a man with a hard callous face with a countenance marked by scars of avarice deceit who would betray his best friend After many discouraging experiences in searching for the type of person required to represent Judas word came to Da Vinci that a man whose appearance fully met the requirements had been found He was in a dungeon in Rome sentenced to die for a life of crime and murder Da Vinci made the trip to Rome at once and this man was
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