• It depends on which painting, and on who you ask. Many people believe that, in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the last supper, the person on Christ’s right is Mary Magdalene. And frankly, I would have to agree: the person looks *way* too effeminate to be a man—she even has cleavage! Whether or not most Christians believe she was there, that doesn’t mean that da Vinci didn’t believe it, and it *certainly* doesn’t mean that he didn’t paint it that way—and of course, he’s not currently in any position to make a conclusive statement on the subject. As for other depictions of the “Last Supper,” I’ve never seen another that features a female disciple.
  • In Da Vinci painting yes.
  • If you read your Bible, you will see the names of everyone at the Last Supper and they were men.
  • I am not sure, the person, has very feminine attributes, but, they say it is John the Evangelist, who was "the beloved disciple" was often portrayed with feminine features.
  • which painting are you referring to? if it's da vinci, well he might be trying to imply something like that now whether or not there was one at the last supper in real life, most likely not i'd guess
  • im not being funny but does it matter stop worrying about worldly stuff and worship in spirit and truth u wont need to be bothered about pictures arguments etc
  • I doubt it.Most Art historians would say no. If the figure on Christs right is a woman, then there are only eleven disciples in the picture and this would be a bit odd. The apparently female figure on Christs right is the Apostle John. Many think that his appearance is a joke by Da Vinci. It is widely believed that Da Vinci was Gay and thst he was attracted to effeminate young men. Some believe that Da Vinci is aluding to a tradition that Jesus and John were Gay lovers. It has been suggested that John is portrayed in line with Da Vinci's own sexual preferences. If this is true, then he is probably mocking the Churches attitude to homosexuality in the picture.
  • According to The Da Vinci Code, the person sitting to the right of Jesus is Mary Magdalene in disguise
  • Not if you believe Da Vinci's notebooks. He has sketches of that work which denote the names of each apostle and where they go. The person in question is labeled 'John'.
  • That is John he is made up by Leonardo Devinci to look like a women.
  • As Jewish men it would be traditional to be bearded. The one called John next to Jesus is has been long suspected as a woman, Mary, also a disciple. Jesus was, after all, a leader and an innovator and believed in equal treatment and respect...therefore why would he exclude women from his inner circle? When Da Vinci painted it he was smack dab in the middle of the ages of oppression of he called that person John...but he knew what he was doing by leaving this person beardless. Remember Da Vinci was a genius.
  • If you believe the DaVinci Code, then yea. But honestly its just a painting and no one can know for sure. Art is subjective.
  • "With the huge commercial success of Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code", some of the theories from this book became very popular. One of them says that Leonardo da Vinci placed Mary Magdalene and not St. John next to Jesus in his Last Supper painting. But a lot of other artist gave St. John, who was called "the beloved disciple" in the Bible, a certain look, which is now considered by many people as "feminine", but not necessarily five centuries ago. Since ancient times he was believed to be very young, so young that he did not even have a real growth of beard. You can also see his long hair and the devouted gestures on many other paintings of the Renaissance. This hairstyle was very fashionable for young Italians during the time of Leonardo da Vinci. It should be noted that not only John, but also other apostles were sometimes depicted in the same way. We must try to understand the viewpoint of these artists, who grew up in a very androcentric environment - men and boys had a far more important position in this society than in the western world of today. The ideal of beauty since the 19th century became very gynocentric - a cute face is since then usually interpreted as "feminine", although most traits of a woman aren't specifically female. Compare the face of a pretty actress with the ones of young boys and you see it yourself: what still remains of the so called "Kindchenschema" makes most people believe that women would be the beautiful gender. Since St. John was considered to be very young, he was simply not old enough to look very adult. That is the reason, why people mistake him for a female, just like many long haired boys were mistaken for girls by elderly people during the 70s. They were not used to that look just like most Dan Brown fans are not familiar with depictions of St. John, done by other artists. Because of that, I decided to show you some examples from medieval times, the Renaissance and the Baroque era to underline my arguments." Source and further information: Vinci's painting: Here another example:
  • Probably not, although to be honest what difference does it make. The "DaVinci" "Last Supper" is just a painting on the back of a church wall, not an authority. Further more due to precipitation of the wall the picture has slowly been flaking away, and over the many years has been constantly touched up by other painters, which has lead to alterations in many of the paintings details. This means that the DaVinci picture is not even a reliable subject as a DaVinci painting. Quite a large percentage of the detailed area is not even any longer DaVinci`s work.
  • I have to agree, that figure does look feminine. It's suppose to be John but the bottom line is that whether or not it's a woman has nothing to do with Scripture. It is merely and artists conception of what he thought the Last Supper should look like.

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