The Supper at Emmaus

One of Rembrandt's religious painting masterpieces was The Supper At Emmaus. The painting showed that in a village called Emmaus, people were talking about Jesus's murder on the table. At this time, a stranger around them spoke and gave each person a piece of bread to invite him to dine together. Then people suddenly discovered in surprise that this stranger was Jesus.

The Supper At Emmaus

The Supper At Emmaus

The divine glory in some works of Rembrandt originated in the interior scene. In his early work The Supper At Emmaus (preserved in the Paris Jacqueline Matt Andrew Museum), the deep color separated Jesus and his shocked disciples and the disciples were shinning by the strong light behind Jesus. In very dim background, the brightness of the central figure was the only prominent one and the golden warm tune was more concentrated; accumulation of large contact layers of pigment possessed more texture. Rembrandt's painting was the interpretation of such a sacred scene. It depicted the scene, not lively, but the dignified and philosophical ponder and the meaning of the resurrection of the extreme.

Rembrandt's interpretation of this subject was the same as Rembrandt for other religious works. The background was the slum (like Holy Family). And the light dropped from the clouds dramatically the same as usual. What was more appealing was the Jesus's instant facial expression that his eyes were dredged up full of compassion, which was the completely son's image being crucified on the cross. The "instant" that Rembrandt wished to convey was so breath taking, which was completely a frame of static images, dynamic and full of tension.

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