Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper was painted to show the reaction of each apostle after Jesus said that one of them would betray him. The men in the painting were identified using the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, which were found in the 1800’s. From left to right, counting by the head of each man, here are the names of the disciples:
- James Minor (son of Alpheus)
- Judas Iscariot
- Jesus is, of course, in the middle
- James Major
Some have claimed that John isn’t John…that Leonardo actually painted a woman there, and that the woman is Mary Magdalene. This certainly isn’t the case, based on da Vinci’s notes.