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Proud of East Texas: "The Last Supper"

By Joan Hallmark

In a climate controlled building on the grounds of historic Roseland Plantation, is a priceless work of art that has been seen by very few people. Tim and Carolyn West bought Roseland in 1998. When they entered a building on the property referred to as "the surprise building," they were amazed to find a 15 by 28 foot replica of Leonardo DaVinci's "The Last Supper".

The plantation's former owner, philanthropist Gertrude Windsor, had bought the painting years ago and had the climate controlled building built around it. The Wests also have their antique shop in the same building, so people touring Roseland or visiting the shop have the additional treat of viewing the magnificent "The Last Supper" painting.

The painting is DaVinci's interpretation of the occasion when Jesus told his disciples that one of them would betray him. Details of the crucifixion story are easier to spot on the large rendition than on smaller copies. The bag of coins in Judas's hand and the salt cellar his hand knocked over when Jesus made his statement, are easy to spot.

To make arrangements for tours call 903-849-0205.

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