Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Last Supper

In Renaissance art, The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci.  One of the world's most famous paintings, da Vinci's masterpiece depicts the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles in Jerusalem, prior to His crucifixion. The Last Supper is commemorated by Christians on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter Sunday). Jeanie Ferguson's hand-stitched quilt is a faithful reproduction of the 15th-century painting.

The Last Supper, 39 x79", by Jeanie Ferguson (California)

We were very impressed by Jeanie Ferguson's magnificent work when we saw it at the 2014 Pacific International Quilt Festival. Jeanie explains about her original design, "It is needle-turn appliqued, hand quilted, trapuntoed, and back-quilted, with embroidery and Tsukineko inks for embellishment.  I have visited The Upper Room in Jerusalem where this Supper took place." 

Close-up, The Last Supper by Jeanie Ferguson

Here you can see the stitching on the face of Christ as He announces, " I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me."  (John 13:21)  Jeanie adds, "Da Vinci's depiction in the year 1495 of that agonizing moment is recreated in my 15 months of intense, 3-hour-per-day handwork. With this quilt, I give presentations to churches in my community. I won Best of Show (2014) at my local guild."

Photo credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

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