Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)
Oil on canvas
48 1/2 x 52 1/4 in. (123.2 x 132.7 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.631)
The picture illustrates the gospel according to Saint Luke (24:3031), and shows the moment at which the disciples recognize the Risen Christ ("And as He reclined at the table with them, He took bread, blessed and broke it, and handed it to them; then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him"). An early work, executed under the strong influence of Caravaggio, it seems to have been painted in 162223, before Velázquez left Seville for Madrid.