24. Last Supper

Rudolph Bostic (1944- )
Enamel house paint on cardboard
26 x 41

To give intimacy to the gathering of the disciples with Jesus at the Last Supper, Bostic has chosen to
divide the picture into three segments divided by columns of vines. Christ occupies the central frame as
he stands in front of an arched window that cleverly suggests a halo. Christ addresses his twelve followers
as he raises a wine flask saying, “This is my blood which was shed for you.” Bostic uses the foreground
to display several large wine jars that recall Jesus’ first miracle at Cana when he turned the water
into wine at a wedding. A curious figure crouches in the foreground of the left portion of the triptych—
this is Judas separated from the other disciples as he clutches a wine jug. The use of vibrant colors
creates a sense of celebration, yet the dark outlines of the forms casts a veil over the event, only hinting
at what is to come in the next few days.

Matthew 26: 17-29
17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do
you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?" 18He replied, "Go into the city to a certain
man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with
my disciples at your house.' " 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20When evening came Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21And while they were eating, he
said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." 22They were very sad and began to say to him one after
the other, "Surely not I, Lord?" 23Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will
betray me. 24The Son of Man will go just as it is writtenabout him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son
of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born." 25Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said,
"Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you." 26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave
thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." 27Then he took the
cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from
now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom."

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