The Last Supper And Christ Washing The Feet Of His Disciples, Plate 9 From The Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christ (The Passion Of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

Urs Graf the Elder

Swiss, 1485 - 1527

The Last Supper and Christ Washing the Feet of His Disciples, plate 9 from the Passio domini nostri Jesu Christ (The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ), ca. 1503

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Woodcut on paper

Dimensions: 8 5/8 × 6 1/16 in. (21.9 × 15.4 cm)

Gift of Annette Marcinkoski, 2016.84

This woodcut is one scene in a series of prints produced in the early 16th century by Urs Graf the Elder depicting the Passion of Jesus—the period of suffering before his death. This scene illustrates the Last Supper through three distinct scenes. In the upper right corner Jesus is seen sharing a meal with his twelve disciples in which they share bread and wine, establishing the tradition of the Eucharist. In the lower right, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. On the left in the last scene, Jesus is seen bidding farewell to his disciples and predicting the betrayal of Judas, who is seen exiting the room in the background. This image was printed in a book among the other Passion scenes, with accompanying text on the reverse. Born in 1485 in Switzerland, Urs Graf initially worked as a goldsmith, studying under his father Hugo Graf. He then later began producing engravings, etchings, and woodcut prints. Graf studied the style of Albrecht Dürer and Dürer’s assistant, Hans Baldung-Grien.

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