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Con­stan­ti­jn à Renesse, Dutch, 1626-1680: The Supper at Emmaus, c. 1650-52 

Con­stan­ti­jn van Renesse took occa­sion­al lessons from Rem­brandt from about 1649 to 1652, cre­at­ing numer­ous draw­ings of bib­li­cal scenes. This sheet relates an episode from the gospel of Luke in which the res­ur­rect­ed Jesus dines with his fol­low­ers, ulti­mate­ly reveal­ing his true iden­ti­ty after break­ing and bless­ing the bread. Van Renesse’s com­po­si­tion begins with black and red chalk, fol­lowed by lay­ers of wash, and final­ly pen and ink. Some schol­ars believe Rem­brandt sub­se­quent­ly amend­ed the draw­ing, using quick strokes of his pen to adjust Jesus’s fea­tures, hair, torso, and arm. Rem­brandt made more cor­rec­tions to Van Renesse’‘s draw­ings than any of his other pupils’ works, sug­gest­ing Van Renesse specif­i­cal­ly request­ed such interventions.