Kitchen Scene with the Supper in Emmaus (1618) by Diego Velazquez

Kitchen Scene with the Supper in Emmaus - Diego Velazquez - 1618

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TitleKitchen Scene with the Supper in Emmaus
ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions118 x 55 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

About Kitchen Scene with the Supper in Emmaus

“Kitchen Scene with the Supper in Emmaus,” crafted by the eminent artist Diego Velázquez in 1618, is a genre painting executed using oil on canvas. This artwork, which is a quintessential example of the Baroque movement, measures 118 by 55 centimeters. It is held in prestigious public collections, with instances located at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland.

The artwork delves into an assemblage of domestic elements, portraying a figure within a kitchen environment. The individual appears immersed in thought or possibly engaged in a routine task, obscured by the darkness that is characteristic of the Baroque era’s exploration of light and shadow. Laid before the figure are various household objects that reflect the intimate daily life of the period. These items include kitchen utensils like a jug, a pot, dishes, and a basket, all rendered with meticulous attention to texture and form, hallmarks of Velázquez’s virtuoso hand. The subdued palette and the interplay of light underscore a moment captured in time, encouraging the viewer to ponder the narrative behind this solitary moment. Notably, the composition’s title references the biblical episode of the Supper at Emmaus, perhaps intimating a greater unseen context beyond this quiet kitchen scene.

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