The Last Supper

6th century
Mosaic
Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

As in the earliest images of the Last Supper, the 13 men recline around a central table. The bread and fish on the table may refer to the miracle of the loaves and fishes portrayed on the opposite wall. The "Bread of Life" discourse (John 6:22-59) explicitly relates that miracle to the Eucharist, which Jesus is believed to have instituted at the Last Supper. A similar composition in the catacombs makes the same connection by placing a multitude of bread baskets on the side tables.

This is one of the 13 mosaics of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ along the upper band of the right wall of the nave.

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See also a view of the entire left wall with commentary on the iconography of Jesus and the apostles in these mosaics.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.