A Trip to Jerusalem

Viewer Participation in Gerbrand van den Eeckhout’s Last Supper of 1664

Author(s)

  • Bram de Klerck

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52476/trb.18949

Abstract

Medieval and Renaissance depictions of the episodes of Christ’s Passion often seem to invite the devout beholder to participate in the events portrayed. To explain how such an approach can be extended to the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Netherlands, this essay shows how Gerbrand van den Eeckhout’s Last Supper invites the beholder to take the seat that Judas has left vacant. A comparison with other Last Supper scenes shows how effectively Van den Eeckhout’s composition invites viewers into the imaginary space and time represented in the painting.

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Author Biography

  • Bram de Klerck

    Bram de Klerck is associate professor of Art History at Radboud University Nijmegen. His research concerns painting and sculpture from the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.

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Published

2024-03-14

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How to Cite

“A Trip to Jerusalem: Viewer Participation in Gerbrand Van Den Eeckhout’s Last Supper of 1664”. 2024. The Rijksmuseum Bulletin 72 (1): 56-63. https://doi.org/10.52476/trb.18949.