Running head: UNDERSTANDING ART
The Lonesome Dove Analysis
Leo Steinberg's primary concern is the consistent oversimplification of Leonardo’s mural.
Leo, believes that the painting has many hidden meanings. Leo thinks that the painting does not
serve purpose but instead covers a longer duration. His work has involved intensive use of visual
evidence so as to pass the required message to the audience. The first visual evidence is the
painting that shows Jesus having a meal surrounded by his twelve disciples, as it is Biblically.
According to Leo the painting does not only serve as the announcement of Jesus impending
betrayal but also gives more information regarding the Eucharist.
Leo therefore says “As the person of Christ unites man and God, so his right hand
summons the agent of his human death even as it offers the means of salvation. The Christ figure
as agent—both hands actively molding his speech, and both directed at bread and wine…Christ
becomes the capstone of a great central pyramid…And midway between the…slopes of Christ
arms and the floor lines that transmit their momentum, exactly halfway, there lies the bread, and
there lies the wine”.
The painting also depicts animated disciples and their housing, which is determined by their
perspectives. Leo further argues that Leonardo’s painting is in line with the laws of geometry,
and Jesus as the prime mover of the conversation.
“I think we see—or would have seen had the mural survived intact—a willed visual
metaphor. Within the geometry of the picture, the elements of the Eucharist, placed in extension
of Christ’s earthly presence, serve as conveyors: from the centrality of the Incarnate toward the
faithful this side of the picture.”
From the painting we can, therefore, ...
Sign up to view the full answer