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I do not think women were left out of the Last Supper or the passover, as it is not an all male celebration. Women on the most part are just left out in the mentioning on the most part because of the status they held in society.
The only thing we know is the 12 disciples were there, and it is assumed by logical reasoning that women were there.
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Their are Many debates on who the person is next to jesus on the picture of the last supper, and how similar it looks to mary in madona on the rocks, well look at the Mona Lisa (who is supposed to be both man and women) Is it Possible that that theory could fit with the last supper as well? and maybe even the madona on the rocks? If you look the "person" in all three paintings look strangely similar.
There is an art researcher, called Maike Vogt-Luerssen who thinks that the same model posed for many of the females, in Leonardo's works, and that this woman's son, who resembled her, posed for a lot of the males.
This person's website doesn't seem to be available any longer, unfortunately.
Well, who was the real model for the Apostle John in the "Last Supper"? Several people including myself came to the conclusion that Salai, his student and model, should be the #1 candidate (he was described by Vasari as "a graceful and beautiful youth with fine curly hair, in which Leonardo greatly delighted.") Look at these two pictures that are said to be portraits of Salai:
(as a preteen, shortly after he joined Leonardo's household)
(as a young teenager)
And then have a look at this obscene drawing (Leonardo-experts say it's an authentic work of Leonardo):
This is again believed to be Salai. It does not only remind very much to Leonardo's "John the Baptist" (including the gesture), but also showing a face - especially if you imagine the lad with closed eyes and without the smile - that is a perfect match to John from the "Last Supper". Veritas has done a morph-experiment with these two pictures on his site: http://www.historyvsthedavincicode.com/chapterfiftyeight.htm#salai? . You'll see that lipps, nose and the shape of face are more similar than in the case of the "Virgin of the Rocks".