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(Italian, c. 1450/55–1523)
Engraving on two sheets printed from two plates
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1940.473.b
This print is the only known impression of the entire composition. A copy with only the right side is preserved today at the British Museum in London.
Because large prints were often displayed on a wall, they were susceptible to damage and often have not survived. This large print of the Last Supper, however, is in excellent condition. It was engraved on two plates and printed on two separate sheets of paper. The composition is believed to be a fairly close copy of a fresco by Perugino in the convent of San Onofrio in Florence, around 1495. The scene is set within an arched interior embellished by a frieze of eagles and by half pilasters with floral decorations and putti. Fluffy clouds are visible beyond the archways. Christ and the apostles are on a bench arranged behind the table. Judas, instead, sits on a stool in the middle of the room, looking over his shoulder towards the viewer. The engraver included two reliefs at both ends of the bench. The panel on the right shows Judas with four soldiers, while the one on the left features a knight, a squire, and a banner. On it, the letters LVC . . . TNO have been interpreted as the artist's signature.
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