Dinner at Emmaus, Jacopo Pontormo, 1525

Dinner at Emmaus, Jacopo Pontormo, 1525
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  • Posted by Jacopo Pontormo
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1525

Overview of the painting :

Dinner at Emmaus – Jacopo Pontormo. 1525. Oil on canvas. 230×173
   In this picture, Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557) depicts a moment, described in the Gospel of Luke, when the risen Christ, who appeared to his two students on the road to Emmaus and was not recognized by them, agrees to share an evening meal with them: “And when He reclined with them, then, taking bread, blessed, broke and served them. Then their eyes opened, and they recognized Him ”(Luke 24:30).

   The painter portrayed Christ higher than the rest of the participants in the scene, but he is on the same level as the viewer, and the floor, table and the characters sitting behind him are taken away a little from above. From this, the whole composition literally gets pulled together to the figure of the Savior. Pontormo introduced into his work the features of the household genre, noticeable in the poses of the students, in how one of them pours wine, and the second holds bread. But above the head of Christ is the all-seeing eye of God in a triangle surrounded by radiance and symbolizing the Trinity, and this returns the one looking at the picture to its sublime plan.