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“The Last Supper” by Ugolino di Nerio

1г Ugolino di Nerio. The Last Supper Metropolitan mus. N-Y

“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 his native city of Siena and in 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

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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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:

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

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

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