The Leonardo da Vinci painting The Last Supper is one of those instantly recognizable works of art, but unless you have studied art you may not know that there is a great deal of symbolism in the way that the figures are all positioned. Bella Maneira is a series of table textiles that explores that symbolism.
In sets of 13 place mats or three table runners, the series depicts Jesus and the 12 apostles of the Bible by showing only their hands.
The positions of the hands hold the key to their owners’ identities. Some carry objects or wear adornments, and these too give clues as to which apostle they represent.
Luckily for those of us not versed in art history and Christian lore, there is a legend which identifies each pair of hands (click to enlarge). The legend also lists how each apostle appeared in the Leonardo painting for those eager to look for the similarities.