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A one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Leonardo's crowning achievement and the Great Italian art masterpieces on display at Milan's main public gallery for paintings
Priority Entry | Visit duration: approx. 3 hours | Barrier-free access | No flash photography
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper
From Mary Shelley to Dan Brown, countless books, movies, and documentaries have tried to capture the mystery of Leonardo's Last Supper, but nothing comes close to witnessing it with your own eyes. Marvel at this legendary 15th-century mural painting, the most visited work of art in Europe, and let yourself be inspired by its setting, the Gothic convent of Santa Marie delle Grazie in Milan, to try to grasp its controversial religious symbolism. Brilliantly restored after centuries of neglect, now the scene with Christ and his Apostles shines in brilliant colors.
Along with Michelangelo's David, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of Art in Italy. Everyone has heard that it was recently restored and finally unveiled after years and years during which the public was not allowed to see it. But did you know why Leonardo painted this particular subject? Did you know that it is one of the most popular subjects and that almost every Renaissance painter worth his salt has a cenacolo (as they are called in Italian) under his belt? The setting of this masterpiece may give you your best clue, for it is hanging on the wall of the refectory in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. What is a refectory? Why, it is the large hall where monks and nuns take their meals.
Traditionally, the good brothers and sisters were supposed to talk as little as possible during their repasts, and so it was very common to give them inspirational art to contemplate as they chewed. What better subject for a refectory than the most famous meal in the Bible? In his best-seller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown speculates about why the artist depicted his cenacolo the way he did, but we wager you already know all about that! Leonardo painted this jewel between 1495 and 1497. As great an artist as he was, Leonardo was not trained in the art of fresco, and so instead of putting the greatest emphasis on the correct techniques and materials, he concentrated on the artistic effect he wanted to achieve, relying on oil and egg tempera, a combination which never really melded with the dry gesso foundation. Over the years, the colors faded, spotted and even fell to the ground. It didn't help, either, that the good monks later decided to cut a doorway right into a corner of the scene! In the 20th century, Leonardo's Last Supper became as famous for its pitiful state of disrepair as for its exquisite artistic rendering.
Today the fresco has been brilliantly restored, and we can see what all the fuss was about. Leonardo's painting stands out from so many others because of the intense and perspicacious way that he depicted the psyches of his subjects. He chose to portray them just at the moment when Christ is telling them there is a traitor amongst them, but before He singles out the culprit. Careful observation shows how each of the men reacts, some with shock, others with fear, others with anger. The only person in the room whose face seems utterly calm is Christ himself. It is said that Leonardo was able to achieve these subtleties thanks to the countless hours he had spent studying anatomy. Standing in front of the fresco, aided by the fact that the room in the picture is the refectory itself, and that the artist used the actual shape of the real walls to accentuate the dynamics of his artificial scene, one is able to understand why Leonardo Da Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists of all times.
Brera Art Gallery Located in Palazzo Brera, the Brera Art Gallery (“Pinacoteca di Brera” in Italian) is a leading Milan museum and picture gallery entirely dedicated to ancient and contemporary Italian paintings, including Venetian and Lombard paintings. Feast your eyes on many world-famous masterpieces such as Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus, Raphael's The Marriage of the Virgin, Bellini's Pietà, and Hayez's The Kiss.
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