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Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus

Sprayed wall, San Salvatore di Fitalia, July 2016

Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus

Sprayed wall, San Salvatore di Fitalia, July 2016

This work, painted in July 2016, is part of the project “a retrieve of Classicism in Contemporary art” and it is located in San Salvatore di Fitalia (Province of Messina). It reproduces Supper at Emmaus by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, a 1602 painting kept at London’s National Gallery. Supper at Emmaus is contemporary to Saint John the Baptist and it has been acknowledged as the one commissioned by Ciriaco Mattei in 1601 and which costed 150 scudi on 7th January 1602. In 1606, Caravaggio painted a second version, now housed at the Pinacoteca Brera in Milan, a much more decent work. It arrived at the London museum in 1839. Placing this painting in Sicily is on account of the fact that Caravaggio lived on the island for a brief period of time and established a special tie with Messina where he painted Resurrection of Lazarus.

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Supper at Emmaus, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1601-1602, oil on canvas, 139×195 cm, National Gallery, London.

History of the painting

From context to contextualization

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Painting’s mecenati

This mural has been created with the contribution of:

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