30 March 2012. There will be a special late night opening of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper on Friday 30 March from 19.30 to 22.30 thanks to the support of Eni. This not-to-be missed evening opening will give visitors the chance to admire da Vinci’s masterpiece.
Leonardo has depicted the Last Supper in the Refectory of the Convent of S. Maria delle Grazie for Ludovico Maria Sforza, better known as the Moor, between 1494 and 1497. For this wall painting the artist did not use the traditional technique of afresco, which requires a rapid application of colour on damp plaster, but he decided to test a new method, which allowed him to intervene on a dry plaster as well as to return to the work and adjust every detail. Unfortunately, Leonardo’s intuitions were wrong and very soon the painting started deteriorating for an unfortunate combination of causes. Accordingly, throughout the centuries the painting underwent various restorations in the desperate attempt to save this masterpiece. In 1999, the last conservative intervention terminated after 20 years of work. It removed many touch ups and brought to light what remained of the original drafts. The precarious conditions of this painting forces the museum to observe strict rules of access, allowing only 30 people to enter the room every 30 minutes.
Reservation required tel. 0292800360