Last Supper (Rubens)

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Last Supper
Peter Paul Rubens - Last Supper - WGA20255.jpg
Artist Rubens
Year 1630-1631
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 304 cm × 250 cm (120 in × 98 in)
Location Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The Last Supper (1630–1631) is an oil painting by Peter Paul Rubens. It depicts Jesus and the Apostles during the Last Supper, with Judas turning back towards the viewer and away from the table.

As in many other Northern European depictions, a dog with a bone can be seen in the scene, probably a simple pet. It may represent faith, dogs are traditionally symbols of and are representing faith.[1]

According to J. Richard Judson the dog near Judas, it perhaps representing greed, or representing the evil, as the companion of Judas, as in John 13:27.[2]

This painting followed the first unsuccessful attempt by Rubens to produce a Last Supper in 1611, when his patrons backed out the last minute, perhaps due to the high price of 4,000 Guilder asked by Rubens.[3]

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper fresco was a significant influence on Rubens who created an etching after the Davinci Last Supper, which was one of Rubens first attempts to express the full range of human emotion printed by Pieter Soutman.


  1. ^ "The Pathos of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology". google books. Retrieved 10 0520014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Rubens: the passion of Christ by J. Richard Judson 2000 ISBN 0-905203-61-5 page 49
  3. ^ Art market and connoisseurship by Anna Tummers, Koenraad Jonckheere 2009 ISBN 90-8964-032-0 page 117

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