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The Last Supper, right half, after Pietro Perugino; five Apostles sitting at table, at far left Judas on a stool, seen from behind, looking over his shoulder towards the front; within an arcaded interior supporting a frieze of eagles and a wall with several windows; clouds visible beyond the archways; at the end of the bench at far right a relief representing the Arrest of Christ. c.1500
- Production date
- 1500 (circa)
Height: 384 millimetres (cut at l side)
Width: 505 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This damaged engraving is the right half of a composition, printed on two separate sheets, thought to be one of the earliest works of the Florentine woodcutter and engraver Lucantonio degli Uberti. The only impression of the complete composition is now in the Cleveland Museum of Art (having been offered to the BM by Colnaghi in 1939 for £825, a sumthat could not be afforded - See Hind's report to the Trustees 4 March 1939). The entire composition is illustrated in Hind pls. 305-306. The only other impression is this damaged impression of the right half. For a discussion of Lucantonio's oeuvre see Hind D.III.4 (P&D 1846-5-9-12).
The print is a fairly close copy (in the same direction as the original) of a fresco painted by Perugino before 1500 in the convent of Sant' Onofrio, Florence. Nevertheless, Uberti altered the architectural setting (with the introduction of a frieze of eagles and a wall surmounting the arches), omitted the landscape in the background with the scene of the 'Agony in the Garden', changed the name of some Apostles and added the relief at the ends of the bench.
The tiny inscription ("LUG [...] INO"?) on the simulated relief at the l end of the bench (visible in the l half of the print) has been variously interpreted as "LUC...TNO" - which would specify the engraver's name - or as "RUG...INO" - which would possibly allude to Perugino.
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