A painting of The Last Supper might be the reason a 3-year-old boy is alive today… that is, of course, if you believe in divine intervention. According to NBC Chicago, Reginald Praylow was getting ready for a bath at his home in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening when his mom, Dionna Praylow, left him alone for a moment to go and grab his pajamas.
When Dionna returned to the bathroom, however, Reginald was gone.
“Praylow said she ran frantically downstairs and as she got to the door, her son, naked, was limping back into the home, crying but unscathed aside from a bruise to his arm. When the boy’s family went outside to see where he had fallen, they discovered Reginald had landed on his grandmother’s framed picture of Jesus at ‘The Last Supper’ that was sitting outside their Point Breeze home.”
It is unclear how The Last Supper painting ended up outside the home, but many people who have been reading this story believe that the child’s life was spared because of something otherworldly. Police have investigated the case and have confirmed that the child was leaning on the windowsill when the plexiglass gave way and caused him to tumble out the window and into the family’s backyard.
Police have confirmed that the boy landed on a framed picture (see the photo supplied by Dionna Praylow below).
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) October 30, 2015
According to Mail Online, the child (pictured below, right) only had a bruise on his arm to show for his two-story fall. He was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a precaution, but his mom said that he was “back to normal” the very next day, as if nothing had ever happened.
The Praylow family took The Last Supper framed artwork into their home and placed it on the wall in their family room. The story has gone viral on the internet this weekend.
People all over the world have copies of the 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci (though some are replicas by different artists) in their homes, and most of those who do not own the artwork are at least familiar with it. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world and has been studied for centuries. The painting itself depicts Jesus Christ having dinner with his apostles for the last time before his crucifixion.
Many believe, however, that the picture shows far more than just a few men sharing a meal.
According to Mental Floss, it was Leonardo da Vinci’s desire to show the reaction that the apostles had when Jesus told them that one of them would betray him. And, still, that’s not all.
“In da Vinci’s interpretation, the moment also takes place just before the birth of the Eucharist, with Jesus reaching for the bread and a glass of wine that would be the key symbols of this Christian sacrament.”
The original masterpiece, which is 15 feet by 29 feet, was painted on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy, and is still there today. People travel from near and far to get a glimpse of the painting.
“Though The Last Supper is one of Italy’s must-see sites, the convent in which it is located was not built for big crowds. Only 20 to 25 people are allowed in at a time in visiting blocks of 15 minutes. It is recommended visitors book tickets to see The Last Supper at least two months in advance. And be sure to dress conservatively, or you may be turned away from the convent.”
The Last Supper has inspired many stories, myths, and tons of speculation involving hidden meanings, signs, and symbols. After reading Reginald Praylow’s story, it does seem like this painting — and the meaning behind it — may have a deeper meaning in his life. Thoughts?
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