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Leonardo da Vinci – The Last Supper
Andrew Marr describes the painting of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. The painting was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza in 1495. Andrew Marr outlines how 'The Last Supper' was da Vinci's opportunity to try something new by creating a harmonious combination of art and science that used dynamic expressions of emotion. First broadcast on 'Andrew Marr’s History of the World’ on BBC One in October 2012.
A good opening for a task based on this clip would be to have a still image of the 'The Last Supper' viewed at the beginning of the lesson, with pupils asked to consider what skills or knowledge might have been used in creating this piece of art. Students could then be asked to discuss how many different disciplines might have been applied by da Vinci in the creation of the painting. As a summative exercise, it could be used as an example of how the Renaissance brought a broad range of skills and knowledge together. This could have been preceded by work on anatomy, art, exploration, printing, architecture and medicine through individuals such as Vesalius, da Vinci, Columbus, Gutenberg, Palladio or Paracelsus.
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