COECKE VAN AELST, Pieter
(b. 1502, Aelst, d. 1556, Bruxelles)
Oil on panel, 75 x 82 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Coecke van Aelst and his workshop in Antwerp produced a number of panels with religious subjects. One of his most popular compositions was the Last Supper, of which forty-one copies survive, the last one executed thirteen years after Coecke's death. The painter exploited the popularity of Leonardo's famous Last Supper in Milan which was well known through engravings and copies.