Jan 25, 2007

The Supper at Emmaus

The Supper at Emmaus

c. 1720

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

(Italian, 1682-1754)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 133.4 x 167 x 9.5 cm (52 1/2 x 65 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.); Unframed: 108 x 140.6 cm (42 1/2 x 55 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1931.245



This painting depicts the biblical story of the Supper at Emmaus, when the disguised, resurrected Christ suddenly reveals himself to two astonished disciples as they all sit down to dinner. The artist has painted the figures’ hands and the objects on the table meticulously, but leaves other details vague, including the background drapery, in order to heighten the unfolding drama.

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