Bernart van Orley, The Last Supper

Flemish, early 16th century
Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread; 11 ft. x 11 ft. 6 in. (335 x 350 cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975.1.1915

There is a bit of modern nonsense that the person leaning on Jesus' breast in so many Last Suppers is not St. John the Evangelist but St. Mary Magdalene, but this work portrays both figures. The "girlish" John leans into Jesus' breast while Mary Magdalene reaches for the jar of ointment.

According to the museum's commentary the work is inspired by a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer.

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Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City