Europe, possibly Germany, ca. late 19th century CE. A finely carved and large wooden relief panel or frieze depicting The Last Supper, with Jesus and his 12 disciples sitting at a long table that is positioned parallel and close to the picture plane in a coffered room. This relatively simple setting serves to emphasize the dramatic plot. We see Jesus who has just stated, "One of you is about to betray me" (Matthew 26:21) with outstretched hands at the center. Brilliantly, Jesus is both the psychological focus and the focal point of the converging perspective lines. He is portrayed in a perfectly calm and tranquil manner despite his foreboding announcement. Meanwhile, the disciples, presented in four groups, display all matter of commotion with their agitated gestures and expressions. Most significantly, we see Judas, the third figure to Jesus' right, clutching a money bag in his right hand and gesturing forward with his left hand. Just as in Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Renaissance painting of this subject (ca. 1495-1498 CE), the artist of this piece breaks with tradition by including Judas on the same side of the table as Jesus. He will of course fulfill Jesus' declaration, "But yet behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table." (Luke: 22:21). All of the figures and the table are carved in high relief in relation to the surrounding room which is set in quintessential linear perspective. Russet red, black, and white pigments remain from original painting on surface. An impressive, finely carved wood frieze, depicting this significant biblical scene! Size: 44.375" L x 19" H (112.7 cm x 48.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private Los Angeles collection
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