Emmaus is a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It became known
thanks to an episode confirming Christ's Resurrection and described in
St. Luke's Gospel (24:13-35).
After all the unhappy events of the trial, Crucifixion and Entombment of Christ, two of the apostles were going from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. Christ resurrected joined them and asked about the subject of their conversation. They did not recognize Christ, and told him about the death of Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet 'mighty in need', about their sadness, and grief, and puzzlement after the women had found the tomb of Christ empty.
"How dull you are!' he answered. 'How slow to believe all that the prophets said! Was not the Messiah bound to suffer in this way before entering upon his glory?' Then, starting from Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them in the whole of scripture the things that referred to himself." (Luke 24:25-27).
By that time they had reached the village, and the travellers asked Christ to stay for supper with them. Christ accepted their invitation to a meal. "And when he had sat down with them at the table, he took bread and said the blessing; he broke the bread, and offered it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished from their sight" (Luke 24:30-31). Without a moment's delay the two returned to Jerusalem, found and announced Christ's Resurrection to other disciples.
See: Caravaggio Supper at Emmaus, Supper at Emmaus.
Duccio di Buoninsegna. Maestà: The Road to Emmaus.
Jacob Jordaens. The Supper at Emmaus.
Pontormo. The Supper at Emmaus.
Rembrandt. Pilgrims at Emmaus, The Supper at Emmaus, The Pilgrims at Emmaus.
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto. Supper at Emmaus.
Titian The Supper at Emmaus.
Diego Velázquez. Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus.
Paolo Veronese. Supper at Emmaus. Supper at Emmaus.