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NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans artist has given a masterpiece an airy new touch.
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A rendition of “The Last Supper” from the 21st century shows the quarterback Drew Brees of Saints as the center of the painting and shows his 12 “apostles” – his teammates from New Orleans.
It is certainly not what Leonardo da Vinci had envisioned in 1495 when, on the night before his betrayal, he began to paint the scene in which Jesus Christ broke bread and drank wine with his apostles. Though artist Stephany Lyman tries not to be sacrilegious, he knows that football fans at bayou viewed Brees as saints during his 15 seasons in New Orleans.
Lyman’s painting is labeled “Verily It Came Over” and refers to Brees’ recent resignation and a will for a player who passed 80,358 yards and 571 touchdowns – 491 with the Saints – during his career.
At the head of the table is Drew Brees. With him his “apostles” – “those who were part of his journey”.
In true Louisiana fashion, they will eat some lobster.
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Lyman is an artist and writer who taught English at the University of New Orleans for 30 years, NOLA.com reported.
Brees’ “apostles” include some of his most famous teammates – from left to right, the painting shows Steve Gleason, Thomas Morstead, Jonathan Vilma, Michael Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Jahri Evans, Trainer Sean Payton, Pierre Thomas, Deuce McAllister , Cam Jordan and Alvin Kamara.
“These are the apostles,” Lyman told NOLA.com. “The ones who were part of his journey as a football player.”
The original painting shows Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. In Lyman’s portrayal, Graham sits in Judas’ place. Lyman said she had no problem with Graham but added that “someone had to be Judas”.
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Also, she said, Graham, a close ending, was one of Brees’ “most devoted students” but was influenced and disgraced by personal ambition, NOLA.com reported.
Lyman decided to drape her painting over the balcony of her Bayou St. John residence in New Orleans, NOLA.com reported. She told the website that she believed the painting would be perfect for Passover and Holy Week.
Lyman gave Brees and his students a Cajun touch by turning dinner into a lobster feast and providing paper towels.
While some may raise their eyebrows at this religious license, Lyman insists that everything is fun.
“I had to ask myself: Would a painting with Drew as Jesus offend people?” Lyman told NOLA.com.
Lyman said she decided that anyone “wanting to name a few sweaty soccer players after the Saints” should expect a spiritual license – and some humor.