The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Last Supper

Object Details

Title:

The Last Supper

Artist/Maker:

Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1469

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 13 (83.ML.109), fol. 162v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 10.8 × 7.9 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

One of the most engaging miniatures in the Suffrages features the Last Supper. Inside a marble Renaissance-style building, the apostles sit around a table with Jesus. Saint John the Evangelist lays his head on the table, a reference to a passage in the Gospels where Jesus' best-loved apostle is described as "leaning on Jesus' bosom."

Most suffrages are prayers devoted to a specific saint; the prayer and miniature seen here are unusual for focusing on an event.