The Last Supper
Nikolai Ge breaks the traditional canons governing the representation of the Last Supper in his painting. He treats the event as a psychological drama, arising out of a conflict that has split a group of former confederates. The figurative resolution is based on the battle of light and dark, symbolizing truth and falsehood, concentrated in the figures of Jesus and Judas Iscariot. The poignant theme, innovative composition, broad manner of painting and courageous chiaroscuro contrasts caught the attention of contemporaries and evoked heated debate.