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Christ washing the disciples’ feet

  • 'Christ washing the Disciples’ Feet' © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    'Christ washing the Disciples’ Feet' © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1548 - 1549

Artist

Tintoretto

Cultural background

Italian School

Original title

El Lavatorio
Prado Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

This painting is extremely large and has an interesting spatial dimension and depth, with the main action displaced to the right of the composition.

It represents the scene in the New Testament in which Jesus washes Saint Peter’s feet in a gesture of humility and service to our fellow men. This scene is placed to the right of the painting, due to the work’s original location on the right wall of the presbytery of San Marcuola, as this was the part closest to the congregation.

The painting is intended to be viewed from the right side. The dead spaces among the figures disappear, and the composition appears ordered along a diagonal axis continuing along the table and the apostles and ends at the arch beyond the canal, which is the work's vanishing point.

Above the head of Christ is a representation of the Last Supper, the next episode described in the Gospel and depicted in the work which was originally displayed in the church of San Marcuola directly in front of this piece.
 

Details of the work

Origin
National Heritage

Object
Painting

Dimensions
210 cm x 533 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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