3.2 rd Post: …… Painting History
Posted on: May 20th, 2011 by dan 312 Comments


About this point in time newspaper articles started to appear stating that Thomas Jefferson University was interested in selling their most famous painting The Gross Clinic. The articles perked my interest and I started reading some of them.  Then I went back to the box under the bed.  I had to re-examine the painting.  I now had a name and maybe my painting  is just signed very small like.  No luck.  However I looked it over carefully and then back in box and under the bed.

In my readings I soon came across a picture of  Thomas Eakins.   This was very exciting, I thought he even looked similar to one of the apostles.  Back to the box.  Out with the painting.  I could hardly believe what I saw.  He  looked exactly  like one of the apostles.  I thought it to be just a coincidence.  It just did not occur to me that there was more to come.   I had previously acquired a printed picture of Leonardo’s The Last Supper which I quickly retrieved.  In comparing the two works I could  immediately see the difference.  The profile of one of the apostles was changed.  Thomas Eakins profile was now on that of an apostle.

I later visited the homestead of Thomas Eakins, originally the home of his father, B. Eakins.  His fathers name was Benjamin Eakins but he liked to sign his name B. Eakins.  The home is at 1729 Mt. Vernon Street, Phila.   It is now historical. It is being used by Phila’s mural program.

I toured the building and even Eakins studio.  I actually thought that I might find it in pretty much the same condition as Eakins had left it last.  But it had been updated slightly, no old canvases or paint around.  I walked the side yard on the same bricks that I had seen in several photos of his home.  It was unchanged.  It was a good feeling.  I felt as if I was getting to know him.

Some of Eakins paintings were quite large and from the uppermost floor of his home he could not possibly get those paintings down the stairs. To solve this problem, he cut an opening  into the side of the wall (slate and wood, etc.), sort of like a huge vertical oversize mail slot.  I looked for the cutout in the wall of his studio but it no longer was visible.  Just a point of interest.

I still had not grasped the full extent of the changes that Eakins made to The Last Supper painting.  I read additional material and compared until I discovered what I think are  all the changes, I hope.  I could now see that Thomas Eakins and five of his circle of friends were depicted as apostles. And they are all identifiable.

I also grasped the immense job of putting this important puzzle together.

I originally considered writing a book , however, at my age and limited experience plus the need for an agent and publisher I passed on the idea.  The internet is my choice.  It is more timely and flexible and innovative and will allow me to post small parts of the puzzle at any time and you can even help.  So lets go and don’t forget to bookmark our site and tell two friends.


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