Academic Painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1875) was born in the small village of Mensenschwad in Germany. He studied painting at the academy of Monaco. In 1835, after he painted portrait of Grand Duke Leopold of Baden, Winterhalter was appointed his court painter. With that portrait his international career was launched. The royal families of England, France, and Belgium all commissioned their portraits from him.
The composition of this small altarpiece, probably originating in a Venetian church, is derived from a Giovanni Bellini painting of the same subject. Marco Basaiti (1496-1530) was an Italian painter of Albanian origin. His paintings echo the styles of Antonello da Messina and Giovanni Bellini, and also reveal the influence of Giorgione's work. Basaiti was very much an artist of the fifteenth century.
A blessed Easter to all who celebrate it.
The most celebrated “Last Supper” was painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) around 1494-98 in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Leonardo depicted a specific moment of the Last Supper: Christ has just announced that he will be betrayed by one of the disciples, and the community of apostles reacts with agitation and questioning. It’s important to revisit this masterwork from time to time—which marks the delineation between the Early and High Renaissance.
This panel is part of a large altarpiece that features the Last Supper as the primary central subject matter. The surroundings panels—this being one of them—all depict Old Testament themes. Dieric Bouts the Elder (1415-1475) was one of the most unique of the Early Netherlandish painters.
A Happy Passover to all who celebrate it!
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