The Supper at Emmaus

Artist: Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, Seville 1599–1660 Madrid)

Date: 1622–23

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 48 1/2 x 52 1/4 in. (123.2 x 132.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

Accession Number: 14.40.631


The picture may have been painted in Seville, where Velázquez was trained, or in Madrid, where he moved in 1623. The realism of the figures, the strong dramatic light, and the attention to still-life details recall the work of Caravaggio, which Velázquez would have known in Seville through copies. Christ is shown at the moment when he is recognized by two disciples following his resurrection, as "he took bread, blessed and broke it, and handed it to them."