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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1895,0915.1284

  • Description

    The Last Supper, after an Italian drawing; a long table on two trestles, with Christ at centre and the Twelve Apostles either side and at the ends, St John leaning forward asleep, a representation of Christ washing the Apostles' feet through a window behind at left Pen and brown ink with grey and brown wash, heightened with white, over red chalk.
    Verso: laid down.
    No watermark visible.

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1650-1660 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 212 millimetres
    • Width: 391 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, distance apart uncertain)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        An indecipherable, erased inscription, lower right.
  • Curator's comments

    Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.111.
    Acquired as by Rembrandt, the style seems clearly Rembrandtesque, although the drawing was until recently kept as by David Teniers the Younger.[1]
    The composition depends on a drawing now in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, formerly attributed to Giovanni Bellini and now tentatively to his follower Benedetto Rusconi, called Benedetto Diana (c.1475-1525).[2] The drawings represent the 'Last Supper 'with a view through a window to a depiction of 'Christ washing the feet of his disciples'. It seems likely that the drawing in New York was in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century, although a Rembrandt pupil could possibly have seen it elsewhere. Rembrandt himself collected Italian 15th-16th century drawings.[3]
    The technique, with red chalk underdrawing and pen and brown ink with grey and brown wash, is similar to that employed in other copies after Italian Renaissance artists by draughtsmen in Rembrandt's circle, such as the 'Entombment' after Mantegna in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (Benesch A105a). The style here is somewhat reminiscent of works by C.D. van Renesse (q.v.).
        
    NOTES:
    [1] An attribution proposed by A. M. Hind in London, 1923 (see Lit. below).
    [2] Repr. 'Fairfax Murray Drawings', no.52. The source was recognised by A.E. Popham (note in a copy of London, 1923 in the Department). I am grateful to Rhoda Eitel-Porter for sending me a draught of her catalogue entry (on 5 June 2007).
    [3] See most recently Exh. Amsterdam, 1999-2000. The known provenance of the drawing in New York extends only to the Marquess of Normanby, from whom Charles Fairfax Murray stated that he acquired it.

    LITERATURE:
    Robinson, 1876, no.810 (Rembrandt after Gaudenzio Ferrari); London, 1923, p.139, no.17 (D. Teniers the Younger, after Gaudenzio Ferrari?).

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  • Bibliography

    • Royalton-Kisch 2010 111 (anonymous Rembrandt School) bibliographic details
    • Hind 1915-31 17 (as Teniers) bibliographic details
    • JCR 810 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Flemish Roy XVIIc)

  • Exhibition history

    No exhibitions recorded.

  • Condition

    Somewhat faded and discoloured; the whites have partly oxidised.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1895

  • Acquisition notes

    J.C. Robinson; John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection, 1895.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1895,0915.1284

The Last Supper, after Gaudenzio Ferrari or Giovanni Bellini (?); a long table on two trestles, with Christ at centre and the Twelve Apostles either side and at the ends, St John leaning forward asleep, a representation of Christ washing the Apostles' feet through a window behind at l Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (oxidised), over red chalk

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The Last Supper, after Gaudenzio Ferrari or Giovanni Bellini (?); a long table on two trestles, with Christ at centre and the Twelve Apostles either side and at the ends, St John leaning forward asleep, a representation of Christ washing the Apostles' feet through a window behind at l Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (oxidised), over red chalk

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