Lenten Meditation #8

Today´s meditation is dedicated to the panel that is missing from the passion of Christ fresco in Tenna. The first church from 1408 was enlarged in 1504. Since then the initial south facing wall is missing, including the frescos that must have been depicted there. 

It is highly likely that the frescos showed a scene that included the last supper. The following fresco was painted by the master from Waltensburg. He was working about 70 years before the unknown artist from Tenna. However, stylistically it becomes apparent that the artist from Tenna must have known of the frescos in Waltensburg (less than 30 miles/50 kilometres away).

The last supper, church of Waltensburg, GR, Switzerland, around 1330, Waltensburger Meister (photo credit: Adrian Michael, wikimedia)

Last year, I wrote another entry about Maundy Thursday: Feast Day of Service and Community

Here is the bible text that informed the above painted scene:

The last supper (Matthew 26:20-23)

When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the twelve disciples. While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me.”

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More meditations based on the ten scenes in the fresco that I will publish (in English and German) throughout the lenten season can be found here: Betrachtungen zur Fastenzeit

Here is an overview of the entire fresco:

(photo credit: Foto-Kunst Andreas Keller, kirchen-online.org)

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