The cultural legacy of Dürer’s art lived on long after his death in 1528. In this 1571 catechism for Lutheran children, the lessons concerning Baptism and Communion were introduced by two illustrations. Judas has already departed from the meal and Christ extends his hand to pronounce his New Commandment. This interpretation of the Last Supper, not as the institution of a ritual but as a promise of salvation, could not have existed without the precedent set by Dürer’s innovative Last Supper of 1523.
BRB0736/A. Martin Luther (1483–1546). Der gros Catechismus und Kinder Lere. Wittenberg: Johannes Schwertel, 1571.
Catechism with woodcut illustrations
Luther, Martin, 1483–1546, Spangenberg, Johann, and Schwertel, Johann, active 1565–1577, printer., “BRB0736/A,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed October 5, 2022, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1851.