Praying and Working for the Ordination of Women in the Roman Catholic Church

Bohdan Piasecki's painting of the Last Supper

About the painting

Leonardo da Vinci's great masterpiece "The Last Supper" is for many Christians the clearest image they have of Christ's last meal with his disciples. Yet though it is great art, da Vinci's painting is bad history. All the details in da Vinci's painting are inaccurate:

  1. The painting shows daylight outside the window, but the actual Last Supper took place at night
  2. The figures are seated about the tables on benches, whereas Jesus and his disciples reclined on couches
  3. Da Vinci shows a meal of fish and ordinary bread, yet a Passover meal consists of unleavened bread, roast lamb and bitter herb
  4. Da Vinci shows only Jesus and the twelve apostles, omitting
  5. Da Vinci shows thirteen Renaissance Italian males in oriental costume in a Florentine palace, not a Jewish celebration of the Passover in Palestine

We in BASIC have found Leonardo da Vinci's image of the Last Supper one of the main arguments used against us: "But there were no women at the Last Supper!" Certainly women and children would be present at the Passover meal. Evidence in support of this can be found on the Womenpriests website, at http://www.womenpriests.org/scriptur/tunc.htm and http://www.womenpriests.org/scriptur/maguire.htm The presence of women at the Last Supper cannot be proved definitively one way or the other, but it is more than probable that women were present.

In order to counter Leonardo's powerful image of the Last Supper, BASIC commissioned the eminent Polish artist Bohdan Piasecki to paint the Last Supper as a Jewish Passover meal with women and children present. The painting is oil on canvas measuring 20" by 48" (50 by 120 cm). BASIC seeks to present the painting to as wide an audience as possible through a public launch and placing it on public display both in Ireland and in other countries.

Correspondence to BASIC / basic@indigo.ie
Maintained by Diarmuid UaConaill / duacon@iol.ie - Last update 5-Jun-2002

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