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Eastertide: Supper at Emmaus

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

The Supper at Emmaus is a biblical event that is often depicted in Christian art and is a popular subject for art historians and scholars. According to the Gospel of Luke, two disciples were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day of Jesus' resurrection when they encountered a stranger who joined them on their journey. Later that day, the three of them sat down to have supper together, and it was during the meal that the disciples recognised the stranger as Jesus.

The painting "Supper at Emmaus" is one of the most famous depictions of this event, and it was painted by the Italian artist Caravaggio in 1601. The painting shows Jesus seated at a table with the two disciples, who are shown in various states of astonishment as they realise who he is. The painting is known for its use of light and shadow to create a dramatic effect, and for the realistic depiction of the figures.

The painting has been the subject of much analysis and interpretation over the years. Some scholars have suggested that Caravaggio was trying to convey the idea of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, while others see the painting as a commentary on the idea of spiritual blindness and the need for faith in order to recognise the divine.

Regardless of its interpretation, the Supper at Emmaus remains an important and iconic image in the history of Christian art, and a testament to the enduring power of the biblical stories and their ability to inspire creativity and devotion.

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