Friday, March 23, 2012

Seeing the Supper

Our texts for this fifth Sunday in Lent--the one on which, this year, we remember the events of Thursday of Holy Week--are Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Mark 14:12-26, which can be read here.

As our Lenten journey draws nearer to its conclusion, this week we journey with Jesus to his final meal--the now-famous "Last Supper" that he shared with his disciples in celebration of the Passover in Jerusalem. This week, instead of offering verbal reflections, I would like to offer a series of visual reflections on this Supper offered by different artists from different cultures. What do you see or wonder about regarding the Last Supper when you see these works of art that are either famous or, in many cases, novel?

Of course, our first thought is of Da Vinci's famous Last Supper, an Italian Renaissance work:
Here is a rendering by an African artist of the scene:

An Asian interpretation by Japanese artist Sadao Watanbe:
And finally, a rendering by the artist I spoke about in my sermon last week, Swedish-Mexican Artist John August Swanson:
What do you see that these images hold in common? How do they differ? How do YOU imagine the scene?

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