Antwerp 1581 - 1641 Antwerp
Canvas, 120 x 172 cm
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
Artus Wolffort was one of the principal history painters in Antwerp at the start of the seventeenth century. This impressive work betrays the influence of the Italian artist Caravaggio who made the everyday settings of his biblical scenes as ordinary as possible. Here, Wolffort presents the men eating their supper with Christ as simple peasants.
As Christ blesses the bread and the wine, his companions recognise him as the Risen Lord. The main scene takes place behind and beside the table, while the foreground of the picture is given over to a still life of grapes, beautifully complementing the painting’s Christian theme.