The Last Supper in New York

Introduction in Japanese then, English from minute 1.27 to 53.07.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is world famous, but how well do we really know it? In this program, a group of New York students reappraise the recently restored masterpiece. Guided by newly-revealed traces of Leonardo's brushstrokes, NHK, Japan National Broadcasting Network, used the latest in HD computer graphics to create a striking replica of the original fresco.

Art historian Amelia Arenas leads a discussion about the work. What does it communicate? Which of the disciples is Judas? On the streets of New York, passersby are asked to identify the traitor. The varied answers reflect the diversity found in the city's cosmopolitan population. Using a full-scale digital replica of the painting she will stimulate discussion among a group of high school students. Together, they express their impressions and insights, analyzing the painting’s content and composition while attempting to identify which figure is the traitor.

The program was awarded the Grand Prix – Japan Prize 1999 - The 26th Prize-Winning Programs, an international award for cultural television.

1 x 59 min.

Clean, M/E + English

English script

© NHK

Posted by Amelia Arenas on April 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM 824 Views

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