Milan considers Leonardo Da Vinci its native son. He lived here for 20 years and it is where he developed his engineering talents to their fullest. At the request of Lord Sforza, his patron, he painted The Last Supper on the walls of the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The masterpiece has been in peril since its inception because, to accelerate the work, Leonardo devised a faster drying process. As a result, only 20 years after the fresco was completed it began deteriorating.
Since then, it has been a major headache: restorers continue to come up with methods to protect this monument listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Some say that the fresco contains many mysteries and hidden puzzles devised by the Renaissance genius. Could John the Apostle have been a woman? How many biblical tales are reproduced on the fresco? Did Leonardo da Vinci want to paint Jesus and the apostles like mere mortal beings, far from the standards of his time? Try and left all preconceptions and see The Last Supper as its creator conceived it.
Santa Maria delle Grazie church
Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie
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