Paintings of Jesus at the Last Supper

What was the Last Supper?

Jesus, guessing that he was about to be arrested by the authorities, had a last meal with his friends. As they finished eating, he predicted his betrayal and death. Not only that: he described how Peter and Judas, two of his closest friends, would fail him.

In a prophetic moment he asked the disciples to remember him whenever they celebrated a similar meal.

The Last Supper has been shown many, many times in Christian paintings.


Epitaphios of Thessaloniki

The marvellous Epitaphios of Thessaloniki

A section of the Epitaphios of Thessaloniki. An epitaphios was a woven and embroidered cloth used in solemn liturgical ceremonies. Woven from gold and silver threads, it was enormously heavy, so it was laid on the heads and shoulders of two or three priests who then walked towards the altar carrying their luxurious burden.

This one, very rare, shows the Last Supper: Christ offers wine to his apostles in the section shown here. In another section he offers them the bread.


The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper, Joos van Cleve, detail

Communion of the Apostles, James Tissot

Communion of the Apostles, James Tissot

The Last Supper, Pierre Dancart, Seville Cathedral

The Last Supper, Pierre Dancart, Seville Cathedral

The Last Supper, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524

The Last Supper, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524

The Last Supper, Phillippe de Champaigne

The Last Supper, Phillippe de Champaigne

The Last Supper, Fra Angelico, 1522

The Last Supper, Fra Angelico, 1522

The Last Supper, Passion Cycle, Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, 1150-1200

The Last Supper, Passion Cycle, Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, 1150-1200

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