Despite warfare, unfavourable weather conditions, and woeful restoration attempts, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” proudly hangs today next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Da Vinci, who was largely concerned with and perhaps desperate to create a ‘work of fame’, is presumed to have finished the masterpiece in 1498 after painting in intervals for about three years. The final product became so esteemed that artists around the world have recreated it in drawings, marble, wax, photographs, terracotta, and countless other art forms. The fascinating nature of the painting is largely because of its resilience in the face of endless upheaval. At one point, the piece was considered entirely ruined due to invasions, humidity, pollution, and blatant vandalism by French soldiers in 1796. Yet “The Last Supper” lived on; after numerous efforts and mishaps, many of its damages were reversed by a team of experts led by Pinin Brambilla Barcilon. The final restoration took twenty-one years to complete. The intricate painting is often referenced and serves as a symbol in Western culture through film and literature, and is considered one of the most famous paintings in the world. The mural sits outside of the Santa Maria delle Grazie, to the right of it in the Square.
Santa Maria delle Grazie - The Last Supper
Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano, Italy
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