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The Last Supper

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of white opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised for transfer.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of white opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised for transfer.

Date:

late 1613 or early 1614

Artist:

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577–1640

About this artwork

This important drawing is one of a group of preparatory designs for a Roman Catholic prayer book (the Breviarium Romanum) that was reissued in 1614 under the new parameters of Counter-Reformation liturgy. This scene, in which Peter Paul Rubens placed the figure of Judas—instead of Christ—as center-most in the composition, preceded prayers celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi. The layered used of media and precise placement of compositional elements reflect Rubens’s intense desire to control the printed versions of his designs.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Peter Paul Rubens

Title

The Last Supper

Place

Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1613–1614

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of white opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised for transfer

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso of mount, upper left, in graphite: "246"; inscribed by Goll van Franckenstein, lower left, in pen and brown ink: "N 4050"; lower left, in graphite: "Rubens...(possible date)"; lower right, in graphite: "L (illegible) 1 6 / 20269702 1"

Dimensions

30.2 × 19.7 cm (11 15/16 × 7 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2022.94

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