In all religions, the food is not only a vital aspect, but it is also a gift from God, and the act of eating for this reason, is a holy act. In this regard, food gets a higher value in the Orthodox Christian art and one of the scenes where this is more emphasized is the "Last Supper". After Christ was gathered with his disciples in the room, he took bread in his hands, broke it, and gave to them, saying, "Take and eat it:" This is my body for you. " Then he took the cup of wine and said to them: "Take and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, shed for you and for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me" .Eukaristia is the consecration of bread and wine, which are a spiritual food. Eating and drinking wine means to bind your life with the creator of the World. In both icons, except for the scene which focuses on the same moment, two icons have some differences from each other: on one there is a lamb on the dish, while on the other appears the fish. Lamb, fish, grapes and vineyard, wine, bread are symbols of the Eucharist. These symbols appear on the scene of the Last Supper, the night before the arrest of Christ. In the icons appear kitchen elements, such as plates, forks and knives. At the Pavilion of icons at the National History Museum, there are two icons that represent the Last supper.
CHURCH OF SAINT GEORGE, Fier
Tempera on wood
DIMENSIONS. 44 X 30cm
Last Supper (also called the Lord's Supper or Mystical Supper) was the Last Supper Christ shared with his disciples before his arrest. The Last Supper was the first Eucharist, where he gave his body and blood to His disciples. At the Last Supper, taking bread and wine, Jesus told his disciples: "Do this in memory of me". In the icon appears Judas as being approached to take bread. He was the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ.
CHURCH OF SAINT MARIA, Castle, ELBASAN
Tempera on wood
DIMENSIONS. 38 X29 CM
The icon represents Christ's last supper with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest. The Last Supper was the first Eucharist, where he gave his body and blood to His disciples. Christ is the central figure in the round table, where the Holy Paten is also represented. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ, is presented by dipping bread in the dish.