Critical Analysis Of Albrecht Durer's The Last Supper

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OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS #2 IDENTIFY: The second artwork I have chosen to analyze is “The Last Supper,” by a German woodcut artist named Albrecht Durer located in the private Martin Luther Collection at the MIA. Durer was born in 1471 and died in 1528, he made this artwork in 1523. (Object Label, Target Gallery Ticketed Exhibition) The medium is woodcut, woodcut is “A relief printing technique in which the printing surface is carved with special tools in a solid block of wood. The wood is cut longitudinally from the tree so the grain runs the length of the block. The block is cut and then inked with a brayer or dabber. The paper is then placed on the block and the whole thing is run through a press or rubbed over by a baren or the bowl of a large …show more content…
Christ is surrounded by his apostles while consoling them, preaching to them and listening to them. While looking at the picture one can associate the deep meaning of what is going on here and the appreciation that Christ is spending his last moments with his apostles.
ORIGINAL PURPOSE: In Durer’s “The Last Supper”, he shows up his hint toward Protestantism during the beginning of the reformation, and this depiction of the last supper has a slightly different interpretation then the original one. Durer wants to show viewer the humanistic part of the Last supper hence the bare feet of some of the apostles and Christ. This type of artwork could easily have been bought by the Protestant church and put up for viewing as it depicts their views. The picture is given a more symbolic sacrament than a actual sacrifice.
STYLE: Albrecht Durer was an artist of the Renaissance period and he revolutionized printmaking to an independent art form. Durer was engaged in artistic practices and spent time in Italy and absorbed the great works of the Italian Renaissance, classical heritage and theoretical writings. His theoretical pursuits resonated deeply within him. (Wisse, "Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of

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