The Last Supper

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Location

Milan
Italy
45° 28' 0.0012" N, 9° 10' 14.9988" E
IT
General info: 

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie is arguably the greatest painting of the Renaissance. Although not becoming a private://pop iconprivate:// like the Mona Lisa has perhaps become, the Last Supper fresco is arguably the lifetime masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci and his most influential work artistically. It captures the dramatic moment at which Jesus reveals one of his disciples will betray him. It's so realistic that you can imagine the shock, amazement and hostility of the religious followers.

In Renaissance times the wall was used for target practice and the paint started peeling away. In the 19th century it was a backdrop to the French invasion and nearly got destroyed in the Second World War. It's a miracle that it has survived. But thanks to a restoration the fresco can now be seen in full colour.

Make sure that you reserve a timed, 15-minute slot in advance to visit the masterpiece.

Getting there: 

Reachable by trams 20, 24, 29 or 30 or by subway, lines MM1 and MM2 Cadorna Station, or MM1 Conciliazione station.

Costs: 

8€ for adults.
Make sure that you reserve a timed, 15-minute slot in advance to visit the masterpiece. Cancelled reservations are sold from 08:15 every morning (if there are any, best to show up in person). Tickets can be be reserved by phone (+39 2 8942-1146) or http://www.milan-museum.com .

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