Christ took leave of his apostles at the Last Supper and predicted that one of them would betray him. It was Judas, seen here receiving a host from Christ as Catholics still do when they go to Communion. The painting has a mass of striking details whose meaning is not always clear. The apostle blowing his nose so disrespectfully is the most intriguing one.
Where is Judas?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Dear Claire, As is the case in this painting of the Last Supper, Judas can often be recognised as the person who receives the bread from Jesus. This particular moment is described in the Gospel of John 13:26: “Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.”
Because Judas functioned as the keeper of the moneybag, he can frequently be seen with a bag of money in his hand. In this painting, the moneybag is hanging from Judas’ neck.
Kind Regards, Tanja van Oostrum
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|Title||The Last Supper|
|Material and technique||Oil on panel|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 91.5 cm
Height 98.5 cm
|Accession number||2294 (OK)|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)|
The Collection Enriched (2011)
|Geographical origin||Germany > Western Europe > Europe|
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