The ‘Lost’ Supper or da Vinci?

By David Waters The cast of ABC’s Lost is the latest to pay homage to The Last Supper, Leonardo da … Continued

By David Waters

The cast of ABC’s Lost is the latest to pay homage to The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece depiction of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. What started as a clever parody in the 1970 movie M*A*S*H has devolved to a campy shtick as in such classics as That 70s Show.

Under God thinks it’s time once and for all to choose the best (from among the classiest) and, perhaps if we’re lucky, put an end to the practice. So Vote Now.

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  • ccnl1

    Keep in mind that according to many contemporary NT and historical Jesus exegetes, da Vinci’s last supper was also fictional. e.g. “At the same time, Luedemann concludes that the portrayal of Jesus celebrating such a ritual on the night before his death is not historical. He is clear that there is “no generic relationship” between any actual final meal and the Lord’s Supper understood in cultic terms. He also denies the Passover character of the supper as a Markan creation. Like Meier (below), Luedemann does accept the saying (Mark 14:25) about drinking wine in the kingdom of God as authentic. He concludes: (this saying) “hardly came into being in the early community, for in it Jesus does not exercise any special function for believers at the festal meal in heaven which is imminent. Only Jesus’ expectation of a the future kingdom of God stands at the centre, not Jesus as saviour, judge or intercessor.” Conclusion: Even the original Last Supper was “slick fiction” and simply another rip-off.

  • poppedculture

    I’d have to go with The Sopranos – the placement of Tony and his mother are perfect. But why only six choices? I’ve compiled 100 pop culture Last Suppers to give you some more options:

  • ccnl1

    Hmmm, “Carstonio” appears yet again. Keep in mind that this is an anonymous blog and imposters abound even though “impostering” violates blog rules and the Torah’s Ninth Commandment.

  • coloradodog

    Tell me again who is the gay couple to the right of Jesus in the original. I thought gay-bashing “Christains” pontificate their god made Adam and Eve, not Peter and John.

  • arminius3142

    Here’s a peculiar Last Supper at the Wiesenkirche at Soest, Germany. Instead of bread and wine, ham and beer are served!

  • lepidopteryx

    Actually, my favorite isn’t one of the choices – it’s the Folsom Street Fair poster.

  • poppedculture

    I didn’t include the Monty Python version of the Last Supper in my list as it is a skit and not an image – unless you have seen an image. I do have the Flying Spaghetti Monster but had not seen the Godfather version – thanks for the link.

  • Linda813

    What about Mel Brooks “History of the World” That was a great “Last Supper.”

  • clermontpc

    Persnally, I think most of these guys are ful of hot air!RT

  • StPaul1

    You’ve ignored the best of all time – the scene of the feasting beggers in Bunuel’s “Viridiana” – which preceded M.A.S.H. by several years.

  • arminius3142

    I am stunned and shaken that the author has omitted the most important one of all: that starring His Noodliness, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  • edbyronadams

    Cleavage wins!

  • omoobatala

    I’m surprised that missing from the choices offered is Salvadore Dali’s “The Sacrament of the Last Supper.” His surrealistic treatment is perhaps the most open to interpretation through individual perception.

  • noybizz

    Need one each for the following:And then:

  • jwm1974

    Where can I get a copy of the Soprano’s Last Supper? Like Poster sized?

  • flibber

    You left out the Flying Spaghetti Monster: I am deeply offended.

  • arminius3142

    Omoobatala,I thought about mentioning Dali’s masterpiece, but never got around to it. I had the privilege many years ago of seeing that remarkable painting ‘up close and personal’ in the National Gallery. Even as an ignorant 17 year old, I was stunned, and must have spent the better part of an hour looking at it from every distance and every angle.

  • Garak

    Battlestar Galactica is the best choice because it seriously addressed the role of religion in government and society.

  • LNER4472

    Another one to add to the list: There was an episode of “That 70’s Show” that did a brilliant spoof as well… and this website will show you that image plus 90+ other spoofs:

  • dmm1

    CCNL1: I am always amazed at how so-called “historical Jesus” critics can look back 2000 years into the past and pick out the “made-up bits.” Even more amazing is that the remaining “real bits” always wind up supporting their agenda. Wow, they’re so brilliant!


    I love looking at all these versions of the Last Supper. Here is a web site that tracks Last Supper variations. Have fun.

  • scon101

    I like the origional and for second best i would pick battle Star Galactica the actress in the center makes my leg tingle

  • coloradodog

    Meanwhile, Satan’s evil trinity shaum, carstonio and coloradodog conspire to persecute ccnl1 by calling him on his incessant, repetitive cutting and pasting.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Of those shown, da Vinci’s wins hands down. Among his most brilliant innovations on the theme was to have Judas seated in the midst of the disciples, present, not absent, in shadow rather than garbed in black.The Last Supper myth with its betrayal of Christ by one among the first of Christians has a historic realism that da Vinci was at pains to render.Traitors are always among us, no matter how good the mission. They are our insiders, our hypocritical others, our brothers.

  • samxstreampools

    “The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.” “God has no religion” “The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example” “Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.” “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” “Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it” “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” “Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich” “Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism” “A soul you say? Give my pocketwatch to a savage and he’ll think it has a soul.” “All Bibles are man-made” “I won’t take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.” “Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.” “My feeling is religious insofar as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insufficiency of the human mind to understand more deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as “laws of nature” “A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.”

  • reiflame1

    Who can say no to Tricia Helfer?

  • ah___

    I think it’s a bit goofy to compare the various knockoffs to the original. The poll should be just among the knockoffs.

  • lenagabe1

    I think there’s a little joke going on here with the Leonardo version. Notice the feet of Jesus. In the original fresco, a doorway was cut into the wall after the fresco was painted, eliminating Jesus’ feet and part of the table cloth. No one knows what his feet looked like.Moreover, Jesus’ feet in the painting here are crossed at the knee or ankle. No 15th century artist of note would EVER paint someone like Jesus with his legs crossed! If anything, his feet would be planted on the floor, slighly splayed out.

  • djmolter

    No one knows what Jesus’s feet looked like? No one knows what JESUS looked like. If it had been important what he looked like, God would’ve had someone invent the camera a lot sooner. And was the Last Supper catered, ya think?

  • ccnl1

    Hmmm, Coloradodog is associating himself with the likes of “Schaum” and “Carstonio”, two of On Faiths frequent imposter flyers. Could it be Coloradodog is actually Schaum and Carstonio who continue to violate blog rules and violate the ninth commandment of the Torah????Keep in mind that On Faith is an anonymous blog and imposters abound.

  • atlantisleather

    My favorite is Dali’s but it wasn’t a choice. This is about painting, not about belief, as many readers seem to think.

  • jonfran

    Yeah, what about Dali anyway. What was he, chopped liver? Especially since his rip is (I think) right down at the mellon.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Actually, I think Dali’s painting of the crucifixion was better.

  • Carstonio

    “Meanwhile, Satan’s evil trinity shaum, carstonio and coloradodog conspire to persecute ccnl1 by calling him on his incessant, repetitive cutting and pasting.”Not me. I haven’t said a thing about it and I don’t intend to.

  • arminius3142

    “Which one, Farnaz? There are at least three. The most famous one, the unfolded hypercube for a cross, and with the woman looking on, is fantastic. I wish I could see that one for real.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Arminius:Which one, Farnaz? There are at least three. The most famous one, the unfolded hypercube for a cross, and with the woman looking on, is fantastic. I wish I could see that one for real.Even the recollected image evokes a sense of timelessness.

  • Athena4

    As a fan of both “Lost” and BSG, I had a hard time choosing. I picked “Lost” because it was closer to DaVinci’s original than the BSG one. Now, if they’d have had Sawyer with his shirt off, it would have been no contest! 😀 Besides, I’ve been a fan of Terry O’Quinn for years, and love what this show has done for his career.