Christ washing the Feet of the Disciples

Painted, probably in the 1560s, for the Chapel of the Sacrament in the Venetian Church of S. Trovaso (SS. Gervasio e Protasio) together with a 'Last Supper'.

Before the Last Supper Christ washed his disciples' feet using a basin of water and wiping them 'with the towel wherewith he was girded'. Peter protested, but Christ observed, 'If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me'. Peter then said, 'Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head' (John 13: 1-9).

Parts of the painting, the figure with a torch in the foreground to the left especially, are badly worn.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1518 - 1594
Full title
Christ washing the Feet of the Disciples
Date made
about 1575-80
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
204.5 x 410.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
Location in Gallery