Just to contemplate The Last Supper, the great painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is worth a trip to Milan. If we can see, in reality, we will be able to contemplate one of the masterpieces of the whole history of art.
However, unfortunately, The last dinner is very deteriorated and in a progressive state of disappearance; In part, this is due to Leonardo's way of painting, as cool as unpredictable.
Reservation for the Last Supper
The first thing you should know all those who think of traveling to Milan and take the opportunity to admire Leonardo's last dinner is that You cannot do it without prior reservation.
Such is the demand for visits, so little space to contemplate the fresco and so bad its state of conservation, that the number of daily visits is restricted; It is necessary to book online in advance.
Therefore, if you are going to travel to Milan and know the specific dates of your stay in the Lombard capital, do not hesitate and book your visit to The Last Supper. If you do not do so, you will remain without seeing it.«The Last Supper» - 3444753 / Pixabay.com
Where is The Last Supper?
This work of enormous dimensions -460 x 880 cm-It is painted on a large wall of the refectory of the former convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. Da Vinci painted it there at the end of the 15th century, commissioned by Duke Ludovico Sforza, better known as Ludovico el Moro, one of the great patrons of Renaissance art.
Why is Leonardo's last supper so badly preserved?Detail of «The Last Supper» - commons.wikimedia.org
This painting is a fresco, that is, a paint applied directly to the wall. However, da Vinci, in his eagerness for research and innovation, decided not to do it with the techniques already known and opted for experimentation. For it, Leonardo used a technique halfway through tempera and oil, applying the colors on a dry plaster surface and not wet, as usual.
However, unlike many other of his successful experiments, in this case it really was a failure. Shortly after its completion, the paint has already begun to break apart.
In fact, it has undergone numerous restorations over the centuries. Thus, the changes suffered in terms of color are numerous and it cannot be appreciated how it should have been left by its author.
«Beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art»
-Leonardo da Vinci-
The artistic values of The Last SupperDetail of «The Last Supper» - commons.wikimedia.org
On the other hand, there are really admirable values of the work done by da Vinci. One of them is the perspective it poses. The artist painted the scene in the refectory or dining room of the convent, on a wall that simulates opening the space, continuing with the architecture of the room. It is as if the dining room of the monks was also attended by Jesus Christ himself and the twelve apostles.
That perspective is one of the great values of the work, but so is the light that bathes the sacred scene. All the characters are illuminated with the simulated windows in the background of the fresco, but they also seem to receive the real light that comes from a window of the refectory itself.
To cite just one more of the many artistic values of this unique work, we must also talk about It is one of the first occasions in which such a scene is composed of real characters / people.
That is to say, Leonardo places completely normal faces, poses and dresses for a scene that is supposed to be as important as the last supper of Jesus Christ.
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In short, if you make a trip to Milan, check if there is the possibility of seeing this fresco in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Contemplating this work of Leonardo thus becomes a privilege, and makes the visit to Milan more complete.
However, and by way of conclusion, do not forget that Milan is a city that has other important tourist attractions. Of course, you must visit its impressive Duomo, but it is also unavoidable to visit the Teatro de la Scala and the Sforzesco palace, or stroll through the elegant Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery.