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“The Last Supper” by Ugolino di Nerio

"The Last Supper" by Ugolino di Nerio

“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

Ugolino di Nerio was a painter active in his native city of 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

The Last Supper

  • Title:              The Last Supper
  • Artist:            Ugolino da Siena (Ugolino di Nerio)
  • Date:             1325–30
  • Medium:       Tempera and gold on wood
  • Dimensions:  Painted surface 13 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (34.3 x 52.7 cm)
  • Museum:       Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

Ugolino da Siena (Ugolino di Nerio)

  • Title:              Ugolino da Siena (Ugolino di Nerio)
  • Born:             1280 – Siena
  • Died:              1349 (age 69) – Siena
  • Active in:        Siena and Florence
  • Nationality:    Italian
  • Notable Works:

A Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

MET European Paintings Collection

MET Modern and Contemporary Art Collection

MET Greek and Roman Art Collection

MET Egyptian Art Collection

MET Asian Art Collection

MET Ancient Near Eastern Art Collection

MET American Wing Collection

MET Islamic Art Collection

MET Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Collection

MET European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Collection

MET Medieval Art Collection

MET Drawings and Prints Collection

MET Costume Institute Collection

MET Arms and Armor Collection

MET Photograph Collection

MET Musical Instrument Collection

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Reflections

  • What variety of food can you see on the table?
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was painted over 100 years later. Did this painting influence da Vinci?

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“Evidently, one cannot look for long at the Last Supper without ceasing to study it as a composition and beginning to speak of it as a drama. It is the most literary of all great pictures, one of the few of which the effect may largely be conveyed – can even be enhanced – by description.”
– Kenneth Clark (discussing Leonardo da Vinci’s version)

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Photo Credit: 1) Ugolino di Nerio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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