used living people to depict the figures representing the Twelve Apostles and
started the fresco with Christ. It is reputed that he viewed hundreds and
hundreds of men booking for one who most perfectly exhibited the innocence and
beauty he was looking for. A face and personality unaffected by sin.
he found a young man 19 years old and for the next six months he worked on the
face and demeanor of Chrsist using this young man as his model.
the next six years, he found appropriate people to represent each of the
Apostles, with a space being left for the figure representing Judas Iscariot -which
he left as the final task of the masterpiece.
weeks, Da Vinci searched in vain for a man with a hard, callused face and a
countenance marked by scars of avarice and deceit. A man who could depict the
man, who would betray his best friend
discouragement, word came to David that a man whose appearance fully met the
requirements had been found, a man who was wretched, unkempt and vicious, the
special order of the king, the man was taken to Milan, where the fresco was
the picture was finally finished the warders came from Rome to retrieve their
was leaving, the man turned to Da Vinci and said, “Don’t you recognize me”?
“I’ve never seen you before in my life”, Leonardo replied.
broke down sobbing. “Have I sunk so low,” he said. Seven years ago, you used me
as your model for Jesus”.