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The Dirt on Da Vinci Mark 14:1-15:47

The Dirt on Da Vinci

Like the magnificent mural in Milan, our image of Jesus has been messed up, bombed out and dumped on. The authentic Jesus is ready to be discovered.

[Note: To provide visual support for these thoughts, project a slide of da Vinci's Last Supper or provide a copy as a worship folder insert.]

Leonardo Da Vinci's painting The Last Supper has been retouched, refurbished and renovated, and it can now be seen by the viewing public. It's back and it's beautiful, sharper and more colorful than ever!

But not everyone is happy about the results.

It took two decades to scrape 500 years of grime off one of the world's most famous paintings. But now that the face-lift has been completed, visitors to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milan can see a much brighter, clearer depiction of the last meal shared by Jesus and his disciples.

Paint and dirt were flaked away a millimeter at a time to get to Da Vinci's original 1497 masterpiece. Over the years the tempera-on-stone painting has been the victim of nine known retouchings; destruction by Napoleon's troops, who used the church grounds as a stable; grease buildup from a nearby...

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