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Vita Christi
Italy, Lombardy, between 1500 and 1550
MS M.508 fol. 15r

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Christ: Last Supper -- Christ, crossed nimbus, raising both hands, Evangelist John sleeping on His breast, is seated behind draped table surrounded by twelve apostles, all nimbed except Judas, one of four in foreground seated on three-legged stools. Two apostles clasp hands, one holds knife, Judas holds loaf or sop, others gesture. Loaves, small flasks, knives, and large bowl are on the table. Small dog gnaws bone in foreground. Text from John 13:21-30 about Last Supper is on fol. 13v.

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