The Last Supper
and the Apostles
The second tapestry "The Fountain" by the arrangement arc of a circle of 12 personages around a cylindrical element can evoke the Last Supper, the last meal that Jesus shared with Apostles.
The figures are arranged three by three as in The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Last Supper, two topics are mentioned : the announcement of the betrayal of
Judas and the creation of the Holy Eucharist
Matthieu : 26 17-30 Marc : 14, 12-26 Luc : 22, 7-38 Jean : 13, 17-30
Léonard de Vinci - 1495-1498 -refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milan
de Vinci - Study for the head of Christ at the Last
In The Hunt, the artist has grouped the personages into four groups of
three as in da Vinci's Last Supper, in highly diversified attitudes.
da Vinci (the first to do so), Perréal has included Judas in all of the
Apostles, reserving for him a position still 'ruled out' to the far left.
fountain could symbolize the Christian church, as in medieval paintings or miniatures.
is a circle whose center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere."
center of the node between the two letters on the fountain and all points on the
circumference of the circle of living beings and the flora)
No circle without a central point, which would mean "we believe in God."
Search all foods available : meat and fruit, water, bread, wine (present at every meal as the Wedding of Cana or the Last Supper) the bread and wine 'become' the body and blood of Christ - Unicorn
The attributes the most frequently associated to the Apostles
in the Christian iconography, in the order presented in this tapestry 2 of The Hunt
Judas Iscariot : Hangman (his suicide), or a purse in his hand and giving a kiss to Jesus (the betrayal)
John the Evangelist : often depicted young and beardless (the youngest of 12), sometimes accompanied by a cauldron of boiling water (his torture) and a palm (the martyr), very frequently as a an eagle (the theologian evangelist and writer of the Apocalypse)
Jude Thaddeus : the mace (the instrument of torture)
Simon the Zealot : represented cut in half from where the attribute of a saw. He frequently accompanies Jude Thaddeus, his half-brother
Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael : sometimes represented skinned or with his body on his arm (his torture), sometimes with a large knife (instrument of torture)
Jacques the Major : shown with the shell of the pilgrim to Saint Jacques de Compostela. Sometimes, he carries a roll (The New Law) or a sword (the weapon of his decapitation)
Matthew : weighing the gold scale or the purse , the spear (instrument of his execution), the angel (figure of the Evangelist)
Jacques the Minor : wearing a miter (the first Bishop of Jerusalem), with a club-shaped butt (his skull was broken), frequently confounded with the other Jacques
Peter : the key (gatekeeper of paradise) but also the boat (the symbol of the Church which he has the charge), the rooster (his denial), the strings (his imprisonment), the inverted cross (his martyrdom) or a triple cross brace (papal dignity)
Thomas : his finger in the wound of Christ, or the square as an architect (evangelization of India), the spear (instrument of his martyrdom)
Philip : the double cross or the triple crosses (his martyrdom), a stone (his lapidation)
Andrew : the cross in the form of X (where he was crucified), the feet and hands tied by ropes
she the central character of this group of three women?
The twelwe Peers of France
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