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In this miniature, Simon Bening concentrated several moments of the Last Supper into a single scene. As Christ announces that one of those at the table will betray him, the disciples react in a troubled fashion. As he speaks, Christ looks directly at Judas, the bearded man with curly hair on the left. Jesus also offers him a piece of bread, the means of identifying the betrayer in Saint John's account of the Last Supper. Judas rises up from his seat to accept the bread from Christ.

Bening set the scene in a contemporary interior with wooden floors and leaded-glass windows with shutters. To distinguish Christ's special status, Bening included a green brocade canopy behind him, a medieval marker of nobility and another feature contemporary with the artist's world rather than the biblical world.

Details

  • Title: The Last Supper
  • Creator: Simon Bening
  • Date Created: about 1525–1530
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.115.83v
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v
  • Creator Display Name: Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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