The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Last Supper

Object Details

Title:

The Last Supper

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 83v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

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.