(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)

Study for the Last Supper

Pen and ink on paper, 266 x 214 mm
Royal Library, Windsor

The sketched design of a Last Supper shows that Leonardo at first planned to simply show the moment at which the presence of a traitor is announced. He enlarged this scene somewhat to the right, depicting it in more detail. Next to Jesus, John is sitting leaning on the table. Judas is, in keeping with tradition, depicted in front of the table and is rising in order to take the bread, thereby identifying himself as the traitor.