Bible Review 17:5, October 2001

What’s in a Name?

The Strange Case of Veronese’s Last Supper

By David L. Sills

When first gazing at Veronese’s painting of the Last Supper, it is difficult to recognize that it actually is a painting of the Last Supper. Indeed, the first reaction of most viewers to this Italian Renaissance masterpiece is simply awe at its scale. Measuring 42 feet wide by 18 feet high, Veronese’s painting is surely one of the largest paintings on canvas in the world; it takes up an entire wall in Venice’s Galleria dell’Accademia.

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