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.
(John 13:14-17)

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.

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