“The Last Supper” by Ugolino di Nerio
“The Last Supper” by Ugolino di Nerio shows the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John. This painting formed part of the predella, which is the lowermost horizontal part, of a dismembered altarpiece. In this scene, Christ, on the left, informs his disciples that one of them will betray him, a prophecy that was fulfilled by Judas, who is positioned at Christ’s right without a halo. In this painting, we can also see how Ugolino explored how to paint perspective as seen with the ceiling and the table settings. Leonardo da Vinci was born over 100 years after this painting was made in Florence.
Ugolino di Nerio was a painter active in Siena and Florence between the years 1317 and 1327. He was a follower of Duccio di Buoninsegna, who is credited with creating the painting styles the Sienese school, and contributed significantly to the Sienese Gothic style. Ugolino di Nerio was a leading master who contributed to the spread of Sienese painting in Florence by earning commissions to paint in the two main basilicas there, Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce.
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Photo Credit: 1) Ugolino di Nerio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons