The Last Supper Parodies are memes, gifs, paintings, or photoshopped images that mimic Leonardo da Vinci’s painting portraying the last supper of Jesus and his twelve disciples.
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece -The Last Supper
Leonardo da Vinci painted the first The Last Supper painting somewhere between 1495 and 1498 on a lounge area wall in the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. The work of art was intended to depict the reactions of Jesus’ twelve devotees when he disclosed that one of them would be disloyal to him. However da Vinci’s painting was not the main craftsmanship built on this Bible section, it is the first endeavor to depict the supporters with more expressive looks than preceding painters Domenico Castagno and Pietro Perugino. It is generally viewed as the artwork that started the High Renaissance period in craftsmanship history.
And whichever art or painting or animation depicted in theatre or film that appeared after Leonardo’s painting, The Last Supper came to be known as the last supper parody.
The Last Supper parody, the one after that, and afterward, and even more
The last supper’s depiction in various funny and satirical ways has been carried on for many years. Scores of parodies inspired by The Last Supper became prominent in 2007 in pop culture, and Hollywood movies and TV series went over the board.
Spoofs or parodies were popular particularly in movies during the early 80s and 90s. The popular TV show, Charlie Chaplin was also a spoof movie. Modern Times starring Charlie Chaplin was a comic movie functioning as a socio-economic commentary on the Idea of the “American dream” and the “pursuit of happiness.” It was one of the best comic movies loved by people all over the world.
If you love watching American TV series, you won’t have missed this one. The Lost, a science fiction series was aired on ABC from September 2004 to May 2010. For the final season, ABC had released two official promotional pictures that put the primary cast from season 6 at The Last Supper.
There were two pictures slightly different from one another – one is the cast sitting, facing toward the camera while the other one is the other cast gazing at John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) is seated in the center, similar to Jesus seated in Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting.
The Last Supper parody in politics
The Last Supper, funny or not funny, parodies have always drawn attention on the internet. Today we will take you through two such parodies which created tsunami-like prominence in politics during its time.
Communist Last Supper
Back in 2012, the Communist Party of India-Marxist in Kerala incurred trouble after a bulletin conveying a political farce, supposedly set up by party people, created confusion and uproar in the state. The party made “its” Last Supper, covering the city of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) with banners declaring, “This is the last dinner of capitalism … Marxism is the only hope”.
Barack Obama was displayed as Jesus Christ, along with his Apostles as a parody of Leonardo da Vinci’s work of art ‘The Last Supper’ named ‘The Last Supper of Capitalism.’ His followers bearing the recognizable countenances included Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and government officials from Congress (from the then ruling party), like Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi.
The contrivance of the PCMI quickly started cruel condemnation from the Church and different associations of common people protested against it by stating it was “a blasphemous and offensive gesture”. Due to this, the PCMI was forced to eliminate the banners and dissociate itself, affirming that it was not associated with this intention.
G7 China- The Last Supper
Similar to Kerala’s CPIM the last supper parody, in the year 2021, China attacked the G7 pioneers with a creepy depiction of the West’s ‘last supper after Australia acquired support in its push for another investigation into the source of the Covid-19 virus. This last supper funny jive soon went viral in China when the G7 summit was in progress in Cornwall, the UK.
The caricature, titled ‘the last G7’, is a farce of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper before he was killed, and portrays the US, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, India, and Australia as their national creatures plotting to control the world.
In the satirical painting, the US is depicted as a bald eagle at the focal point of the table, while the UK is a lion, France a chicken, Australia a kangaroo, India an elephant, Canada a beaver, Japan a canine Italy a wolf, and Germany as a hawk.
In the cartoon painting, the kangaroo – addressing Australia – stretches his hands to get hold of the cash the United States has printing.
This last supper parody became very popular among social media users in China and was widely shared on the internet taunting G7 leaders.
As discussed, the fresh promulgation assault came after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gained key sponsorship from world pioneers at the summit, with a multilateral assurance to handle Chinese financial contortion as well as dictatorship suppressions in Hong Kong.
Whenever one looks for the Last Supper on the internet it is not surprising to also find its last supper parody paintings in the search result. Historical, political, social, and economic, the parody hasn’t spared any.
The main motive behind any parody is to convey a message to the mass audience in a satirical way. Whenever The Last Supper parody painting came out, it always had two sides to it. Some found it hilarious, and then the others found it offensive.
While keeping all things aside, it is worth giving it a thought that if the young population could know the origin of the first the Last supper painting and how many funny parodies and satires had been made earlier than the one they shared, tweeted, or posted online.