The Victor Bregeda painting ‘Sacrament’ depicts the scene of the Last Supper that Jesus ate with his disciples before he was crucified. The twelve disciples are portrayed as ships who will set sail with their message to all parts of the world. The bread and the wine are the traditional symbols of the Sacrament – the body and the blood of Christ – symbols which are also found in Victor’s paintings ‘Communion’ and ‘Eucharist’. Christ is represented by the flame of the candle, which also sits upon a sailing vessel. The perspective of the scene places the viewer at the head of the table with his own piece of bread and the wine immediately before him. At this moment almost all the other disciples have their attention on the viewer rather than on Christ, as if they are waiting expectantly for an action on the viewer’s part. The ladder indicates that this is a higher level of spiritual attainment, and is a subtle challenge to true Christians to become disciples and experience the Sacrament as Jesus defined it, and to set sail in their own vessels to spread Christ’s message of peace and love to the world.
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