Study for the Last Supper (Head of Judas)

All Titles

  • Study for the Last Supper (Head of Judas)
  • View: Overall view

Dublin Core

Title

Study for the Last Supper (Head of Judas)
View: Overall view

Subject

human figure; portrait; Apostles; sketch; preparatory drawing

Description

This study of the head and neck of a man seen in three-quarter view, with the head slightly averted from the spectator, is believed to be a study for the figure of Judas in the Last Supper, painted between 1495 and 1498. In this study from life, Leonardo has drawn from a clean-shaven model, and added a beard in the painting. Giorgio Vasari in his biography of Leonardo, published in 1550, gives a vivid account of how Leonardo sought out criminal types to model for the figure of Judas.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Universal Leonardo [website from University of the Arts, London]; http://www.universalleonardo.org/

Date

ca. 1495 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

Red chalk on reddish prepared paper
18 cm (height) x 15 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon101.jpg

Coverage

Windsor Castle (Windsor, England, United Kingdom) RL 12547; Royal Library. Bequeathed to Francesco Melzi; probably acquired by Charles II; in the Royal Collection by 1690.
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Study for the Last Supper (Head of Judas),” Institute Images Online, accessed January 16, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2943.

Geolocation

This item has no location info associated with it.