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The Last Supper

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)
    Nuremberg, Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1505 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hirschvogel, Veit (the elder) (worhshop of, maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Museum number:

    C.409-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, room 84, case S4

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The scene depicted in this panel is a traditional representation of the Last Supper. The Twelve Apostles are gathered around the central figure of Jesus Christ, and the young John the Evangelist lays his head on Christ’s lap. At the Crucifixion, Christ will entrust him with the care of his mother, Mary.

Christ will soon announce that one of the Apostles is going to betray him. We see Judas in the foreground, identified by the red bag he carries. This contains the 30 pieces of silver with which the authorities bribed him to betray Christ.

This image derives from a design by the artist Hans Baldung Grien (1484/5–1545). It was adapted by a craftsman in the stained-glass workshop of Veit Hirsvogel the Elder in Nuremberg. The panel was originally in the Augustinian church of St Veit in Nuremberg.

Physical description

Stained glass panel depicting The Last Supper. Christ hands the sop to Judas who is clutching with one hand the purse of silver. Above a flat arch with branches of curly foliage.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)
Nuremberg, Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1505 (made)

Artist/maker

Hirschvogel, Veit (the elder) (worhshop of, maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stained glass

Dimensions

Height: 34.5 in, Width: 18 in, Height: 87.6 cm, Width: 45.8 cm

Object history note

From the Augustiner Kirche St. Veit in Nuremberg. Formerly in the collection of Lord Herbert of Lea. Bought by the V&A from Grosvenor Thomas.

Historical context note

The scene depicted in this panel is a traditional representation of the Last Supper. The twelve Apostles are gathered round the central figure of Jesus Christ. The young John the Evangelist, to whom Christ entrusts the care of his mother afte his death, lays his head on Christ's lap.

Christ will soon announce that one of the apostles will betry him. Judas is visible in the foreground and is identified by the red bag he carries containing the thirty pieces of silver he was bribed with by the authorities to betray Christ.

This image derives from a design by the artist Hans Baldung Grien (1484/5-1545). It was adapted by a craftsmen in the stained glass workshop of Veit Hirsvogel the Elder in Nuremberg.

The panel was commisioned in 1504 by the wealthy merchant and patron Sebald Shreyer for a window in the choir of the Augustinian church of St. Veit in Nuremberg.

Descriptive line

Clear and coloured glass with painted details and yellow (silver) stain depicting the Last Supper and Judas with the Thirty Pieces of Silver. Made in Nuremberg, Germany, ca.1505.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

K.-A. Knappe, 'Eine Nurnberger Scheibe der Durerzeit in London', Pantheon, 20 (1962), pp.355-62
K. Oettinger & K.-A. Knappe, Hans Baldung Grien und Albrecht Durer in Nurnberg, Nuremberg, 1963
H. Scholz, Die mittelalterlichen Glasmalerein in Mittelfranken und Nurnberg extra muros, CVMA Germany, vol. 10/I, Berlin, 2002
Charles Winston, Memoirs illustrative of the art of glass-painting, London, 1865
illustrated in plate 10
P.M. Barnard, Catalogue of Early Woodcuts and Engravings
no.50

Labels and date

This panel originally formed part of a window in the choir of the Augustinian church of St Veit in Nuremberg, commissioned by the wealthy merchant and patron Sebald Schreyer in 1504.

Germany (Nuremberg), 1504-5; Workshop of Veit Hirsvogel the Elder, after a design by Hans Baldung Grien
Museum no. C.409-1919 [(PW) 2003]

Production Note

Workshop of Veit Hirsvogel the Elder, after a design by Hans Baldung Grien (1484/5-1545)

Subjects depicted

Jesus Christ; Judas (Iscariot)

Categories

Religion; Christianity; Stained Glass

Collection code

CER

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