Leonardo De Vinci's Cup
“Sir, we would see Jesus.”1
I have read that when Leonardo de Vinci was forty-three years old, the Duke Ludovinco of Milan asked him to paint the dramatic scene of Jesus' last supper with his disciples.
Working slowly and giving meticulous care to details, he spent three years on the assignment. He grouped the disciples into threes, two groups on either side of the central figure of Christ.
Christ's arms are outstretched. In his right hand, he holds a cup that was painted beautifully with marvelous realism.
When the masterpiece was finished, the artist said to a friend, "Observe it and give me your opinion of it."
"It's wonderful!” exclaimed the friend, “the cup is so real I cannot divert my eyes from it."
Immediately Leonardo took a brush and drew it across the sparkling cup! As he did he exclaimed, "Nothing shall detract from the figure of Christ!"
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please grant that nothing I ever do or say will ever detract from the beauty of Christ being seen in me. This I can only ever do with your help. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”
1. John 12:21.