The Christian Arts Museum of Fort Worth is the home of one of the world’s most unique pieces of modern Christian art, the life-size wax depiction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” This amazing piece of art was created in the 1950s by the hand of noted wax sculptor Katherine Stubergh. The museum displays other Christian art for the visitor’s enjoyment. There only four places in the world where visitors can find the life-like and life-size depiction of Da Vinci’s Last Supper sculpted in wax. And one of them is in the Christian Arts Museum in Fort Worth.
Created in the 1950s by the Stuberghs, a mother-daughter team of wax sculptors both named Katherine. They were actually quite famous sculptors who created wax figures of many movie actors/actresses. But they also created five Last Supper depictions. This particular sculpture languished in a shopping center for several years before it was brought to Fort Worth in 1956 through the generosity of oilman-philanthropist William Fleming. The museum started in 2004 and opened in its new building in 2009.
Henry Alvarez, who was trained by Katherine Marie (the daughter) said in a news report that the Fort Worth figures were the second of five Last Suppers created by the Stuberghs. One is on display at the Santa Cruz Memorial but is available for viewing only by appointment. Another is said to be in a wax museum in Lourdes France and another in Gatlinburg Tennessee at Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens. One of these remarkable depictions was said to have been in Rapid City where it was destroyed by a fire.
Please check with the museum for special exhibits that will be displayed throughout the year. Starting the week after Thanksgiving, Nativities from around the world will be on exhibit through the first week of January.
Fort Worth TX, 76107
Open without charge to the public. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm, Groups welcome by appointment.