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The Last Supper
Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)
about 1525 - 1530
Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment
Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 83v
Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)
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.