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Supper at Emmaus by Cavaraggio analysis (1601, Baroque Art) [religious paintings] - Picture Description

Updated on November 28, 2012

This work of art by the baroque master Caravaggio has a biblical theme with extremely precisely painted people.
There are four male persons around a table (in which one is standing). They are in a house respectively in an inn, because there is a lot of food on the table.
The centre of action is all about the person at the end of the table as clearly seen. This person is wearing a red-white garment and has long hair. It is Jesus, who is sitting there. The garment expresses freedom and pureness (white) and of course the blood of sacrifice (red). His face shows soft traits and makes a young impression. His eyes are closed and the gesture he is making with his right hand is like “here you have it” as if he has turned water into wine (gesture is quite proclamatory and determinant). In addition, he blesses the bread what puts everyone into astonishment.

Supper at Emmaus (Painting)


The person opposite of Jesus cannot believe his eyes, what he is seeing in the very moment and almost jumps out of his stool. He wears simple brown clothes, has short brown hair and a full beard. The person right of Jesus has his hands spanned like saying “come all over here!” This man is already older, who is dressed like a shepherd.
The man to Jesus’ left side is probably the owner of the restaurant and has a bit nobler than the others. He wears a cap and his face expression is somewhat thoughtful or confused as if he would not fully understand what is going on.

The choice of colour with regard to the fore-, middle, and background are more or less the same. The persons are dressed in a brownish colour like the wall (except the parts where there is shaded, which are blackish). The undershirts are in white as the cloth of the table is too and the food also has a brownish direction.

Jesus has a great drawing power on the observation of the painting and he incorporates the observer directly in the happening. Everyone around him is astonished and this induces an excited, vibrant and almost chaotic atmosphere. The people in the restaurant have found out that he really is Jesus and has revived, because he blessed the bread.


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    • mbyL profile imageAUTHOR

      Slaven Cvijetic 

      6 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and sharing Theresa! ;) and you were right about the size of the picture - I don't even know why it is not in full size... But I changed it!

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Excellent analysis and interpretation of a famous and wonderful painting by Caravaggio. I like this a great deal. :)

      Only one time when you have a work of art or photograph, why not have it extend across the whole hub, not just half. A piece of art as beautiful and important as "Supper at Emmaus" needs to be seen as clearly as possible. :) Good Hub. SHARING. Take care. ~~Theresa

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      Slaven Cvijetic 

      6 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich


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      6 years ago

      you went in great detail with your analysis, i like it!


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