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The Last Supper

Print
ca. 1515-1516 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The source for the print is thought to be Raphael’s drawing of the same subject in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Marcantonio collaborated with Raphael for about a decade from 1510, basing his engravings on Raphael’s drawings for frescos or paintings. Since Raphael made no fresco or painting of this subject, this drawing may have been specifically made as a model for Marcantonio’s engraving. The collaboration between the two artists was mutually beneficial since Marcantonio’s engravings helped to spread Raphael’s fame throughout Europe.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Engraving
Brief Description
The Last Supper; From a design by Raphael; engraving on paper; by Marcantonio Raimondi; Italian School; ca. 1515-1516.
Physical Description
The Last Supper, in a room with marble carved panelled walls and tiles floor, Christ sits facing the viewer at the centre of a long table, with six of his disciples seated on either side and taking up three sides of a long table. Behing Christ is an arched window supported by two pairs of columns, beyond which can be seen a hilly landscape with trees. The table is covered with a table cloth and on it are a dish of meat (fowl?), knives, small round loaves of bread, cups, a jug, bowl and vase. On the bench to the right of the table, propped up against its feet, is the blank tablet representing Raimondi's signature. Below the table the feet of all the men are visible.
Dimensions
  • Trimmed to border height: 297mm
  • Trimmed to border width: 433mm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
[empty tablet] (Lower right near to bench, the symbol for Raimondi)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce
Object history
From a design by Raphael, of which there is a drawing in the Royal Collection at Windsor.
Subject depicted
Summary
The source for the print is thought to be Raphael’s drawing of the same subject in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Marcantonio collaborated with Raphael for about a decade from 1510, basing his engravings on Raphael’s drawings for frescos or paintings. Since Raphael made no fresco or painting of this subject, this drawing may have been specifically made as a model for Marcantonio’s engraving. The collaboration between the two artists was mutually beneficial since Marcantonio’s engravings helped to spread Raphael’s fame throughout Europe.
Bibliographic Reference
DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum : Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1874.
Other Number
26 - Le Peintre-Graveur
Collection
Accession Number
DYCE.1007

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record createdJanuary 11, 2010
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