Cenacolo Vinciano

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    • Day 55

      The Last Supper

      July 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      One of the most anticipated events of our tour of Italy happened today. Prior to researching every corner of Europe we had no idea that Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper was even a work of art that was open to the public. It's housed in its original location (since it is a fresco and they're kinda hard to move) in a relatively modest church in Milan.

      It's home is the Santa Maria delle Grazie. This church was the private family church of the Sforza family. They invited Da Vinci, from Florence, to paint the Last Supper in the church's refectory (it's not in the church itself).

      We couldn't get tickets, because it seems that tour guides buy up all the tickets, so we did have to book a tour. The tour guide was actually petty insightful. Why is this painting so famous? Apparently it was petty scandalous back in the day. Take a look at the link below. It's probably a better write up than I will, but it shows The Last Supper painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Our tour guide had a photo of the same painting. It was apparently pretty standard for the day. The Apostles showed no animation whatsoever. Also the order of the Apostles depicted was always kept consistent in paintings, showing Judas directly across from Jesus.…

      Da Vinci's painting broke one of those barriers, giving the Apostles life and animation and depth. Jesus' mouth is depicted slightly open as he is supposed to be captured in the exact moment he is stating that one of the Apostles will betray him. One of the more interesting parts of the painting are the three Apostles to the left of Jesus. Judas is seen with his elbow on the table. He is being pushed to the side by Peter. Peter was considered a protector. He is whispering to John, the youngest Apostle, who is closer to Jesus, to ask Jesus who is the betrayer. As he whispers, you can see he's clutching a knife with the hand behind his back. In doing so, he is exposing Judas to us by pushing him into the foreground.

      Also of note, both Judas and Jesus' hands are out-stretched towards pieces of bread on the table. It is meant to show that they shared the Eucharist as friends that night before the betrayal.

      Opposite, the Last Supper there is a painting of the crucifixion of Jesus. It's funny, no one seems to care about that painting.

      Lastly, the Church and its refectory were bombed in WWII thankfully, preparations were made just in case, as shown in one of the pictures of this post. They supported the wall of both the Last Supper and the Crucifixion with scaffolding and sandbags and that fits the trick. Most of the two structures were reconstructed after the war.
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    • Day 10


      June 20, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Heute hatten wir eines der wichtigsten Museen in Italien besucht. Das Museum Breda. Wir hatten zu Mittag einen sehr guten Lunch. Insalate di Mare. Es war schwierig in einem Restaurant einen Platz zu finden, da viele Geschäftsleute Lunch-time hatten. Am Nachmittag gab das berühmteste Bild der Welt zu sehen. Das Abendmahl von Leonardo da Vinci. Es ist ein Fresco. Goethe war schon von den Händen auf dem Bild beeindruckt.Read more

    • Day 8

      Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

      September 6, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      The last stop on our tour was the famous Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci from 1495 to 1497. The painting is in the former Dominican convent’s refectory and over time has suffered various degrees of damage. Even though the painting is now not in the greatest condition it is still one of the most iconic images in art and all steps are being taken to preserve the image.

      It was very interesting learning about the history of the painting and the restoration processes that have taken place over the years. There is also a sense of serenity in the room when admiring this important part of history and art.

      The fresco, The Crucifixion, painted on the opposite wall to the Last Supper was also a great peice to admire. Due to the different painting methods this 1495 fresco has not deteriorated over time and the colours are still vivid today.

      I certainly enjoyed the Walking Art Tour and my love of art has been reignited all over again. What a great introduction to Milan.
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    • Day 15

      A minute in Milan

      December 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Milan was en route so we tried to make it more than a simple transit by spending the night and catching a bit of Milano style.

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Cenacolo Vinciano, Cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci

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