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Supper at Emmaus, detail

here is a painting by caravaggio, supper at emmaus, according to luke 24:13-32, easter day, two apostles encounter a stranger on the road to emmaus. it is christ, though his identity is hidden from them, their belief in death limits their perception of reality. once at emmaus they welcome the stranger to supper, bread, wine, there are two versions of this painting, each depicting a moment of recognition as christ blesses the bread. i am always interested in this moment that initiates the ability to receive insight, to go beyond what one is accustomed to accept or reject based upon our own life experience, the filters of attachment, belief, fear. the image is thought to be the hand of peter, in the painting he wears the scallop shell of a pilgrim


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