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The Supper at Emmaus

A work made of black chalk on ivory laid paper, laid down on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk on ivory laid paper, laid down on off-white laid paper.




Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
after Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610)

About this artwork

Known for Rococo fantasies, Jean-Honoré Fragonard brought his light touch to this copy of an Italian Baroque masterpiece. This drawing was made for the erstwhile cleric and avid printmaker Abbé de Saint-Non, who commissioned Fragonard to make copies after important Old Master paintings in Italy. The original painting (now in the National Gallery, London) hung in the Palazzo Borghese in Rome when the two artists visited it in late 1760 or early 1761. It depicts the moment when two of Jesus’s astonished disciples recognize the risen Christ as he blesses a loaf of bread.


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Jean Honoré Fragonard


The Supper at Emmaus


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Black chalk on ivory laid paper, laid down on off-white laid paper


Primary support: 18.3 × 26.8 cm (7 1/4 × 10 9/16 in.); Secondary support: 19.6 × 28 cm (7 3/4 × 11 1/16 in.)

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Julius Lewis Fund

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