Il Cenacolo Milano. Leonardo painted the Last Supper on a wall in the Refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie by order of Ludovico il Moro. In a period of time that goes from 1494 to 1497. The artist, despite the fact that it was painting on the wall, did not rely on the traditional and resistant technique of the fresco. Technique that requires a quick application of the color on the plaster still wet. Leonardo wanted to experiment with a method that allowed him to intervene on dry plaster. So, to be able to return to the work several times taking care of every detail. Unfortunately, the intuitions proved to be wrong and soon, due to an unfortunate concomitance of causes, the painting began to deteriorate.
Over the centuries, as a result, many restorations followed to try to save the masterpiece. In 1999, after more than twenty years of work, the last conservative intervention ended. Thanks to the removal of many repaintings, it brought to light what remained of the original drafts.
Il Cenacolo Milano – World Heritage Site
In Lombardy, among the sites recognized by UNESCO as “World Heritage” we find Milan with the complex of the Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. One of the most famous paintings in the world is the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Two absolute masterpieces worldwide. The complex has been included in the list of Unesco Heritage in 1980, witnessing a culture rich in values to be transmitted to humanity, which gravitates around the regional capital.
Il Cenacolo Milano – Santa Maria delle Grazie
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was founded in 1463 thanks to the contribution of Count Gasparo Vimercati, commander of the militia of Francesco Sforza. The works for its construction, with the annexed convent of the Dominicans, began in 1463, designed and led by Guiniforte Solari until 1481.
Following the rise to power of Ludovico il Moro, under the direction of Donato Bramante, work was undertaken on the extension and renovation of the large cloister, the apse and the tribune surmounted by an imposing dome.
In the oldest part of the church, in Gothic style, there are frescoes with “Saints and Blessed Dominicans” made by Montorfano and Butinone. The dome internally has a graffiti and externally decorated, enclosed in the tiburium, a geometric decoration in terracotta and plaster.
Il Cenacolo Milano – Address
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie – Milano
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