If it took 4 years to complete, what was the comments when revealed at the time? Did viewers believe it was Mary M or John the Beloved? Was there controversy? Apparently not. Wouldn't it have been an insult to dump one of the apostles?
Hi Victoria. Welcome. That's an interesting question. I've got some books on Leonardo - I'll have a look to see what they say.
Perhaps, if it wasn't quite clear whether 'John' was male, female, effeminate or youthful, it would not have attracted open questions or criticisms, while still being 'obvious' to viewers what he was secretly trying to say.
That is, of course, assuming that there was some kind of hidden message there.
"The secret of success is constancy to purpose" - Benjamin Disraeli.
Almost all representations of John, the Beloved Disciple, in paintings at the time of Leonardo, show him as an incredibly young man -- beardless and effeminate. I'd have to say that there weren't any comments as far as a Jesus/Magdalene pairing.
Consider , If to the right of Jesus is Mary M then where does his apostle John went , it was suppose to a meeting between Jesus and his disciples right , so John must be definetly there , without him there is no meaning with the name " The Last Supper "
For those who think Mary M. then i think John might went to get some wine for others , i think !!!!!!!!