Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Il Cenacolo”
The Art of Depicting the Last Supper of Christ 

The City of Florence is abounding with many frescos depicting the Last Supper of Christ, known as Il Cenacolo or “The Banquet”.  The School of Sacred Art offers this three week intensive with instructor Anthony Visco as a means to bring the practitioners of sacred art into the sacred mysteries of depicting one the most significant moments in salvation history, Christ’s Passover and the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

By visiting and discussing each of the nine frescos depicting the Cenacolo images painted by the Florentine Masters we will engage in drawing and designing an image of The Last Supper.  With the use of life models and drapery studies, each student will draw a variety of figures from various views, some standing, some seated, and others kneeling, students will be instructed in what Saint Ignatius calls “the composition of place” and how placement and arrangement assists us in the narrative of Christian art.  By contemplation, reading together and choosing which moment in the Scriptural narrative the student wishes to depict, and with the inspiration of the Florentine Masters, each student will be instructed through studio workshops in composing his or her original own “Cenacolo” or Last Supper which can be used as the source for a mural, painting or relief composition.

Visits to the Cenacoli of the Florentine Masters will include:
  1. Santa Croce / Taddeo Gaddi
  2. Santo Spirito / Andre Orcagna
  3. Sant’ Apollonia / Andea del Castagno
  4. La Badia di Passignano / Ghirladaio
  5. Ognisanto / Ghirladaio
  6. San Marco / Ghirlandaio
  7. Convento di Foligno / Scuola Perugino
  8. Convento dalla Calza / Francabigio
  9. Via della Nina / Andrea del Sarto
For eurther information please call or write Anthony Visco

+Atelier for the Sacred Arts+
Anthony Visco, K.H.S., Director
1426 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

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