Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper


Oil on canvas, 220 x 395 cm, 2001.

The painting sold for US$23.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Saturday night in Hong Kong, setting a new record price for a work by an Asian contemporary artist.

The play on Leonardo’s painting is a referendum on capitalism and its influence on China. The “Judas” character is the one wearing the yellow tie, which represents money, and in essence, Western capitalism.