Barbara Rumpf


    THE “LAST SUPPER” BY Peter Rubens, which came to The Seattle Art Museum through the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1954, could surely be called not only one of the great paintings in the Seattle Art Museum, but also one of Rubens’ most intriguing and valuable oil sketches because of its composition and its historical function as a record of a lost work of art. It is small, measuring only 17 1/4'' x 17 1/4'' and is painted on an oak panel. This Last Supper sketch, together with other sketches executed by Rubens for the same commission, supposedly remained in his house until his death.

    Since Rubens