Master of the Amsterdam Death of the Virgin: The Last Supper (1485 - 1500)
(Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
A painting by an unknown 15th-century Flemish artist with the notname 'Master of the Amsterdam Death of the Virgin'. This painting was part of a polyptych together with the resurrection and probably the crucifixion - this part was the inside of the right wing. Today is Holy Thursday of the Holy Week which commemorates the Last Supper. The painting shows 3 episodes which took place on this day. On the left is the fist episode - the washing the feet of the Apostles by Jesus before the meal:
14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
In the middle is the Last Supper during which Christ performed the Eucharist and announced that one of them would betray him - Judas is the apostle with the purse in his hand and the yellow cloak (Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-15; Luke 22:7-23; John 13:21-30). The kneeling friar minor or a monk in the right foreground is the donor of the painting.
On the right is the third episode of Holy Thursday - the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Christ prayed and his disciples slept the night before his arrest and crucifixion.
Painting from 1485-1500.