6.1 th Post: ……….Walt Whitman
Posted on: July 22nd, 2011 by dan 424 Comments


We can just review the facts.  Thaddeus was the same age as Jesus, they played together as children.  They were related.  They sat at the same table at the last supper.  At this point in time Jesus would have been in His very early 30’s.  Thaddeus would have been about the same age.  However, the apostle sitting in Thaddeus’ seat is well over 75 years of age (On our home page,in Leonardo’s painting, Thaddeus is the 2nd apostle from the right). He displays long white hair and a heavy long white beard.  This man is well over 75 years of age.  In addition, with James the Minor being his brother (On our home page, in Leonardo’s painting, James the Minor is the 2nd apostle from the left) there appears  an obvious difference in age.  To me this difference looks more like what we would see in a grandfather and grandson relationship.    Thaddeus is martyred about 40 years later.  This calculation would have made Thaddeus over a 110 years old.  Would a  110 year old person be traveling to foreign countries on donkey and foot over mountains, thru deserts, I don’t think so. And certainly one or more of the Gospels  would have mentioned the age of Thaddeus at his time of death.  I haven’t read anything  explaining  this age factor.   To my knowledge this has never been mentioned before.  Is this somewhat of a biblical mystery. Leonardo’s  painting being over 500 years old, makes it hard to think that no biblical scholar has ever picked  up on the age factor.  I can hardly believe it myself.   It only occurred to me as I was composing  this very post and trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together ( I think that this information itself might be the basis for a book – more back burner business). And you  readers,  having joined the journey  just had the same experience as I.  I hope.

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And now we are in for another 1st.

This sparked me to investigate further into the matter.  My findings disclose  that Leonadro da Vinci  used the images of  75 year olds to portray those   images  of 4 apostles that were only in their early to late 30′s.   Those apostles     are Andreas and his brother Petrus, Thaddaus and Simon Zelotes.

It has left me in awe that  I have not yet read anything that even hinted to   this contradiction.   This discovery certainly requires a deep analysis of     which I anticipate  covering while authoring  a complete  book on        The Last Supper by Thomas Eakins.

If I am making a mistake, let me know and I will  rethink and rewrite this posting.

However, as I read, see and contemplate this mystery I can resolve it in my mind.  Leonardo was under great pressure when making his decisions on all parts of the painting.  I believe Leonardo was well aware of Thaddeus’ age, yet he depicted Thaddeus as a very old apostle. This was so because all that Leonardo knew of Thaddeus, enabled him to see into  the mind of Thaddeus.

Leonardo  saw and knew Thaddeus to be mentally wise and brilliant and well beyond his biological age.  Thus Leonardo painted him as just such a man.

There is no question about it, Leonardo was brilliant.

Thaddeus, Jude Thaddeus, how did Thomas Eakins …..


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