Detail of the John

Head of the John - Original, in MilanReconstruction of the John's head
Head of the John - Original, in Milan
Reconstruction of the John's head

 

The descriptive information of the facial features is not clear, broad areas were afflicted with lacunae in the half tones and in the shadowed areas. The light-blue robe had been denseiy repainted, with particulariy thick layers in the lacunae. Small portions of the original pictorial film were visible in some places, but they were almost always abraded at the edges of the flackes, exposing the lead white imprimatura.

Original - Leonardo da vinci in Santa Maria delle Grazie, MilanReconstruction of the John's head.

Original - Leonardo da vinci in Milan
Reconstruction of the John's head.

 

The Last Supper John 3The Last Supper 4

Reconstruction of the john's reddish mantle
Reconstruction of the blue robe.

 

 

 

Principal Copies of the john

giampietrino Johnvatican John

Left - Giampietrino, Royal Academy of Art

Right - Vatican Tapestry

Giampietrino's John is considerably different from Leonardo's Last Supper in the color of the light-blue robe.
Leonardo's blue is characteristic, and complicated. In most cases, It is expressed with dull blue.


 

Detail of the head, Vatican TapestriesDetail of the head, Vatican Tapestry

This tapestries has the advantage of expression of the hair.
The condition of the original is poorly drawn and in certain case (nostrils and mouth) reduced to small dark lines.

 

Reconstruction of the John's feet

Unfortunately the lower part of the John is lost. Only some faithful copies of the Last Supper are useful to reconstruction.

 

In 1652, a door was cut through the bottom of the painting.In 1652, a door was cut through the bottom of the painting.


 

Christ's feet, John's right foot, James Major's left foot, and two table legs were completely lost.

Christ's feet, John's right foot, James Major's left foot, and two table legs were completely lost.

The floor had even been retouched where original pictorial material appears to have been intact.


 

feet of the Last Supper 3

 

Detail of the John's right foot. (CG reconstruction) Detail of the John's right foot. (CG reconstruction)


 

John' hand

John's hand

Study for the Hands of John. Windsor Castle, royal collection (no.12543)

The left thumb is bent. It is worthy of note.
There are some differences in details between the Last Supper of Leonardo and the study for the Hands of John.


 

John' hands in Santa Maria delle Grazie  The original image and the sketch image are overlapped

John' hands in Santa Maria delle Grazie
The original image and the sketch image are overlapped

 

 

Reconstruction image and sketch imageReconstruction image

Reconstruction image and sketch image
Reconstruction image

 

 

Vatican John7s handsGiampietrino John's hands

Vatican tapestry
Giampietrino, Royal Academy of Art, now held in Magdalen College,Oxford.

 

 

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