The Road to Emmaus

Christ is shown as a pilgrim with hat, staff and shell. In the background he appears again, this time between disciples, approaching the village of Emmaus. The subject is taken from the New Testament (Luke 24: 13-35), which recounts how on the day after Christ's tomb had been found empty, he appeared to two disciples who are unaware of his identity until he dines with them in Emmaus, when he breaks the bread as he had at the Last Supper.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1490; died before 1543
Full title
The Road to Emmaus
Date made
about 1516-17
Medium and support
Oil on wood
145.5 x 144.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1864
Inventory number
Location in Gallery