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New twist on ancient masterpiece
Nicholas St John Rosse (r) shows off his painting with his son Alex (c) and Father Brian Storey
Christ and his disciples are shown in 21st Century clothes
A 21st Century version of Leonardo da Vinci's famous masterpiece, The Last Supper, has gone on display at a church in Cornwall.

The painting, at St Paul's in Tintagel, depicts local people dressed in contemporary style in place of Christ and his disciples.

The modern interpretation was commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of the building.

Artist Nicholas St John Rosse used his son Alex as a model for Christ.

Local people were also used to portray Christ's disciples, including parish priest Father Brian Storey as the apostle Andrew.

Anyone looking at the picture will realise that the characters are real people
Nicholas St John Rosse

Da Vinci's 15th Century Renaissance work was commissioned by the Duke of Milan and took three years to paint.

It now hangs in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.

Mr St John Rosse, who took about 18 months to complete his painting said: "I have always been interested in da Vinci.

"The Last Supper was painted in his time so this seemed the natural thing to do. "

Nicholas St John Rosse (l) shows off his painting with Father Brian Storey (c) his son Alex (r)
The painting will be hung above the church sanctuary

The painting, which is 10ft by 3ft (3m by 1m), will be on display on an easel until it is hung above the church sanctuary later this month.

"Father Storey has seen it and approved of it, but I'm not sure that the congregation know that it is in contemporary dress," Mr St John Rosse said.

"I have dressed them in things such as collarless shirts, but anyone looking at the picture will realise that the characters are real people and not imaginative representations.

"The congregation has given me a huge amount of freedom with this picture and really left me to my own devices.

"Now, I hope they will like it."


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