Leonardo Di Vinci Accidentally Used The Same Model for Both Christ and Judas in “The Last Supper.”-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This email claims that Leonardo Da Vinci spent seven years painting “The Last Supper” in Milan, Italy. He interviewed hundreds of models to get just the right ones to use for each disciple, choosing the one to portray Christ first. Six years later, he looked for someone to be the model for Judas and found a convicted murderer in Rome who fit the part. When he finished the painting, the man revealed that he was the same person Leonardo has used years earlier to be the model for Christ but had degenerated because of his sin and crime.
There is no record of Leonardo using the same model for both Christ and Judas. According to author Robert Wallace who wrote “The World Of Leonardo 1452-1519,” Leonardo did use live models and did look among local prisoners for someone to portray Judas, but did not choose the same person as used for Christ. The painting took only two to three years, not seven and there are no accounts of a prisoner being brought from Rome for the sittings.