Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day #2 - Art for Lent: Andy Warhol's "The Last Supper" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"The Last Supper" (1986) by Andy Warhol. Synthetic polymer pain5 on canvas (119 x 263 in.)
Warhol first showed his "Last Supper" suite in a gallery opposite Milan's Santa Maria dell Grazie, which holds Leonardo's original. The seemingly cheeky superimposition of advertisements is in fact theologically astute. Dove soap provides an image of the Holy Spirit, while its price rage prompts us to consider the cost of grace, perhaps suggesting it comes too cheaply today. Meanwhile, General Electric's company logo summons its appropriate motto, "We bring good things to light." [page 11]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."