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The Last Supper

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  • Alzbeta Polakova asked

    Dear Madame or Sir,
    I am student of theology at Charles University of Prague and I write my Master thesis about Judas Iscariot in the art and culture. I would like to use this painting of Judas from collections of your museum.
    Is it possible to use this image in my thesis? I will use it only for academic and research purposes.

    Thank you for the response.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Alzbeta, Thank you for your interest. Reproduction is certainly possible. Images for reproduction can be retrieved from our reproduction department: images@boijmans.nl. Good luck with your thesis!

  • Victoria Jones asked

    What does the inscription say in the banner held by the angels and at the bottom of the poster of the snake on a staff?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Victoria, the angels are holding a monstrance and the banner reads "Ecce panis angelorum" which is Latin for "see the bread of angels". The monstrance and the text refer to the host, the body of Christ. We don't have any information about the tekst at the bottom of the poster of the snake, however the depiction of the snake on the cross is a reference to the crucifixion of Christ. Does this help you? Have a nice day, Sarie.

  • Claire asked

    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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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.

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Title The Last Supper
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 91.5 cm
Height 98.5 cm
Artists Toegeschreven aan: Jerg Ratgeb
Accession number 2294 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1948
Age artist Between 25 and 30 years old
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Jerg Ratgeb

Schwäbisch Gmünd circa 1480 - Pforzheim 1526

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