The Last Supper, by Bloch

by Isabella Childs January 12, 2021

Our Lord and followers

    This is a depiction of the Last Supper, by Danish nineteenth-century artist, Carl Heinrich Bloch.

    The scene of the supper is seen by the viewer of the painting from the perspective of someone looking into the room of the Last Supper from a distance.

    The front of the painting has a shadow cast on it. Judas stands at the front, on the right side of the entrance. He wears a red robe and a white cloak. He has pale skin and a reddish beard. Judas looks back over his right shoulder at Jesus Christ and the other apostles with an ugly expression on his face.

    Between Judas and the table at which Christ sits, the black and white tile floor is visible.

    Jesus and His apostles are seated at a long table covered with a white cloth. Christ sits at the center of the far side of the table. The Savior has pale skin, shoulder-length brown hair, and a beard. He wears a light red robe. A yellow halo surrounds His head. Christ gazes upwards, with His left hand on His chest and His right hand holding a golden chalice on the table. Also in front of Jesus on the table is a long silver plate with food on it.

    The apostle John sits with his head resting on Christ’s right shoulder and his folded hands on the table. He faces forwards and smiles slightly. St. John has shoulder-length brown hair and pale skin. He wears a brown robe. In front of St. John on the table is a brass bottle and a silver bowl.

    An old apostle, with white hair, wearing a brown robe, stands behind St. John and looks at the Savior. 

    An apostle with curly, dark brown hair, wearing a white robe, sits to John’s right. He looks at Christ, placing his left hand on his right shoulder and holding a small silver cup on the table with his right hand. On the table in front of this apostle there is a small piece of bread, a silver cup, and a silver plate.

    An apostle with gray hair, wearing a dark robe, stands behind the apostle sitting on John’s right side. He looks towards Christ. 

    In front of the table, on the left side of the painting, an apostle stands facing the Savior. This apostle has a ring of gray hair and a beard. He wears a red robe and a blue cloak, which hangs from his left shoulder.

    The apostle sitting directly to Christ’s left has a ring of gray hair about his head and a beard. He wears a brown robe. This apostle gazes at the Savior with folded hands. On the table in front of this apostle is a black pitcher, a large silver bowl, an overturned silver cup, and a silver plate.

    An apostle with gray-brown hair, wearing a purple robe, stands behind the apostle at Christ’s left, gazing at the Savior.

    Seated beside the apostle to Christ’s left is another apostle. This apostle has dark brown hair and a beard. He wears a light brown robe. He thrusts his head forward and to his right side, looking at Jesus. A small silver cup is on the table in front of this apostle. Another apostle, wearing a blue robe, stands behind this apostle. He has thin white hair and a thick white beard. 

    The pale face and dark hair of another apostle facing Christ are visible in the darkness of the corner near the right side of the table. Hanging from the wall, in the darkness of the same corner, is part of a dark green curtain.

    Sitting in front of the table, at the right corner of the table, is an apostle facing Jesus with his hands folded on the table. This apostle has black hair and a beard. He wears a blue robe. There is a red cloak laid across his lap. A wooden box stands in front of the table, to the left of the apostle sitting in front of the table at the right side of the table. On the ground, in front of the box, is a brown piece of cloth.

    Behind Jesus Christ and His apostles is a stone arch. Beyond the arch is a blue sky with yellow light in its lower half. Against the right side of the sky is a pale blue mountain range. Against the left side of the sky is a small cluster of trees with bright green foliage.

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