National Portrait Gallery Launches LAST SUPPER Display of Portrait Prints On Sale to Visitors
For the first time the National Portrait Gallery opens a display space of prints made from portraits from its collections - which visitors can buy.
Sir Michael Gambon, Robert Powell, Antony Andrews, Steven Berkoff and Tim Piggott-Smith launch the new Print Sales Gallery today, Monday 16 September. They will be able to view themselves recreating the Last Supper in one of the largest portraits in the new display, a group photograph of leading figures from the British stage, recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.
Actors' Last Supper can be bought as part of a limited edition of ten prints for £11,125 unframed (£12,375 framed). A special landscape postcard of the portrait can be purchased for £2.99 and a mounted postcard for £9.99.
Conceived by photographer Alistair Morrison who holds over 80 photographs of iconic British public figures in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, Actors' Last Supper features a select group of actors and directors. Under Morrison's direction everybody was asked to react to Jesus' proclamation that one of the disciples would betray him, with Leonardo da Vinci's painting as the inspiration.
Morrison says: 'My first two choices were Robert Powell who had to be Jesus, recreating the famous role played in Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth and Julie Walters, who was asked to play Mary Magdalene (there has been speculation about whether it was Mary Magdalene or John the Apostle who was seated next to Jesus) and they both readily agreed. Their enthusiasm and influence helped to bring together this outstanding group of actors'.
Other portraits on view and for sale include Kate Moss by Corinne Day at £25,000, a selection of photographs of Bob Dylan by Barry Feinstein and of 1960s musicians such as The Rolling Stones and David Bowie by David Wedgbury.