Da Vinci's Code

Professor Christopher Witcombe, Art History


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Leonardo's Life, Art, and Writings

Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci, Last Supper, 1498
Mixed technique, 460 x 880 cm
Refectory, Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


    See also the Image of John (or Mary Magdalen?) before, during, and after the recent restorations of the painting, reproduced in Leonardo, Last Supper (2001) by Pinin Brambilla Barcilon and Pietro C. Marani

Leonardo da Vinci, Last Supper, 1498
in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

The refectory was badly damaged during World War II by Allied bombs. Leonardo's painting barely survived behind a protective bulwark of scaffolding and sandbags. The following photograph shows the refectory before the war.

Leonardo da Vinci, Last Supper, 1498
pre-WWII photograph of the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan


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