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- Object: The Last Supper
The Last Supper, after Leonardo; Christ and the twelve apostles seated at a long table within a coffered interior, a landscape view through three windows in the background. 1798
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Height: 412 millimetres (image)
Height: 528 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 845 millimetres
Width: 954 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This relates to an engraving made by J.J.Frey after Leonardo's Last Supper, which, according to Thieme-Becker was first published in 1802 and was based on a copy by Marco d'Oggiono. That copy has not yet been identified. A copy attributed to Marco d'Oggiono is now at the Château d'Écouen but Frey is unlikely to have seen this. Steinberg suggested that the engraving may have been based on the copy of the Last Supper in the Royal Academy's collection (currently on loan to Magdalen College, Oxford), but while the lower parts of the two compositions are very similar, there are differences in the upper sections. It may be that Frey combined a variety of sources. Kemp and Barone note connections with the copy by Dutertre in the Ashmolean, Oxford.
Lit: F. Noak, 'Frey, Jacob', in Thieme-Becker 1907-1950, vol. 12 (1916), p. 438; L. Steinberg, 'Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper', New York [Zone], 2001, pp. 222, 268, fig. 184; M. Kemp and J. Barone, 'I Disegni di Leonardo da Vinci e della sua Cerchia nelle Collezioni della Gran Bretagna', Florence [Giunti], 2010, no. 86.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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