"Supper at Emmaus" by Caravaggio

The first of two versions of the same subject (the latter is in the Brera Gallery in Milan), Caravaggio painted the “Supper at Emmaus” in Rome in 1601 and it is now located in the National Gallery in London. As recounted in the Gospels of Luke and Mark, Christ appears to his apostles Cleopas (wearing the scallop shell) and Luke in a different form so that they do not recognize him. Only when Christ breaks bread at a meal they are sharing together are their eyes opened, only to have Christ vanish before them. Caravaggio captures the genuine surprise of the apostles in their dramatic gestures and anticipates the imminent miraculous disappearance of Christ in the dark shadow behind him, while a suspicious tavern owner looks on the group. Buona visione!


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