Cafe Terrace at Night Emulates The Last Supper
We wouldn’t dream of diminishing the work of any of the great masters on this list, or insist you start enjoying it less. But even great artists are just fallible human beings, which is why we can’t dismiss these theories about their famous work being the result of accidents, trickery, or outright fraud.
Some of the theories on this series will be pretty bizarre, but if you’ve found your way here, you’re probably okay with that. These ideas are rife with speculation; art historians, stick with your books and academic journals. In this article we will talk about famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh, “Cafe Terrace at Night”
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Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh depicts just what its name describes. But is there more to it than that?
Researcher Jared Baxter thinks this Van Gogh painting is an homage to da Vinci’s The Last Supper (what’s the deal with people and this painting?). If you look closely at Van Gogh’s piece, you’ll see a figure (a waiter) with long hair standing in the middle of the terrace, surrounded by 12 individuals (two of whom appear to be cats). There’s another person sneaking away into the shadows at left—could this be Judas?
Further evidence for Baxter’s theory comes from a note Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, around the time he painted this work. Vincent referenced his painting in the letter, and also said he had a “tremendous need for, shall I say the word—for religion.”
Baxter further points out multiple crosses in the painting, including one in the window right above the person who might be Jesus. If this theory is true, it doesn’t have much significance other than that showing how Van Gogh snuck religious symbols into his art. But it’s cool, nonetheless.
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