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Renaissance Top 48: The Last Supper (Titian)

Identification

Supper at Emmaus (Titian)

Context

c. 1530 - 1535

- Renaissance period, lots of art patrons and funding for the arts.

- This painting is thought to have been ordered by the Maffei family of Verona. 

- Biblical feasts were a major theme in art during the latter half of the 16th century.

- The Supper at Emmaus echoes The Last Supper by Da Vinci

 

Content

Depicts Jesus after crucifixion and resurrection at the moment when the Pilgrims he is dining with realize who he is. This is one of the occasions when Jesus reveals himself after resurrection. On the table are the ingredients of the Eucharist: bread and wine and the white table cloth enhances the altar like aspects of the table. The dog under the table is thought to be a reference to a biblical story in which a woman tells Jesus, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." One of the disciples is thought to be St. Luke since the story is only told in Luke's Gospel. Jesus has a calm relaxed demeanor, while all the other figures look awkward and excited.

Picture

Form

- Oil on Canvas

- (169 x 244 cm)

- Style modeled after Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper

- Jesus is centered 

- Some Atmospheric Perspective in the background by the mountains

- Landscape

- Mostly dark and tumultuous colors except for Jesus and the table

- Soft Edges

Function

-  Ordered by patrons (Maffei Family)

- Show biblical scene from Luke's Gospel

- Display of wealth