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.

Date:

1760/61

Artist:

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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Artist

Jean Honoré Fragonard

Title

The Supper at Emmaus

Origin

France

Date

1760–1761

Medium

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

Dimensions

183 × 268 mm (primary support); 196 × 280 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Julius Lewis Fund

Reference Number

2014.132

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