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Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church in Milan

Updated: Jan 16

For five years (1494-1498), Leonardo da Vinci painted one of his most important and famous works: "The Last Supper." The painting adorns a wall in the dining room of the Dominican convent built by the Sforza family in Milan. It depicts one of the most critical scenes in the New Testament and the founding events in Christianity - Christ's Last Supper with his disciples on Passover Eve.



At the same time as Da Vinci, Giovanni Donato painted at the opposite wall the fresco "The Crucifixion," which depicts saints from the Dominican convent against the backdrop of the city of Jerusalem.



During World War II, the monastery walls were covered with sandbags, which preserved the masterpieces even though the monastery itself was bombed and damaged in 1943.


The church and "The Last Supper" have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance online. Quite a few frustrated tourists stood outside the reception without tickets.



Enjoy 🤗

 


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