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Dinner at Emmaus - Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. 141x196.2
Soon after Christ was crucified and resurrected, Cleopas and his other unnamed disciple set off for Emmaus - A village near Jerusalem. Jesus met them on the way. He joined them, but his travelers did not recognize him. Then he stayed with them in the house, since it was too late, and having tasted food with them, the disciples recognized Jesus, but he became invisible to them.
An innovative interpretation of the plot makes this picture of Caravaggio a unique phenomenon. Christ appears beardless in the picture, the excitement of the disciples who realized that the Teacher was before them, expressed by their expressive gestures and facial expressions. In addition, Caravaggio places a bright emphasis on still life, which has a symbolic meaning. Many attempts have been made to reveal it. Chicken on a plate is interpreted as a symbol of death, black grapes also indicate it, and white is the personification of the Resurrection. Another symbol of the Resurrection is pomegranate. Apples in the system of meanings are “read” in two ways: both as the fruits of grace, and as an indication of original sin, redeemed by the blood of Christ. It is noteworthy that in reality in the spring, when the plot takes place, such fruits could not be on the table. This only proves their symbolic meaning.
Painting Dinner at Emmaus was written for the Roman aristocrat and banker Chiriaco Mattei. For work on January 7, 1602 Caravaggio received 150 crowns. Later, the work was acquired by Cardinal Scipio Borghese.