Where to see it
Leonardo da Vinci
Why we love it
Considered an icon of universal art, it represents the setting of the Christian religion, of the supper when Jesus pronounces the phrase: “One of you will betray me.” Each group of three of the characters is like a “micro-story”, where Leonardo represents what he called “the movements of the soul”, the characters seem to come to life and express great drama and emotion, all brought together in a vanishing point. perspective, which gives a feeling of spaciousness to the refectory where it is located.
It is a fresco with Leonardo’s own technique, combining oil and tempera, to be able to touch up the infinitel paint. This technique does not seem to go very well with the wall and the humidity of the refrectory, so the paint is almost lost. During the Second World War the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was almost completely destroyed, imagine the surprise of the workers when they removed the rubble and saw The Last Supper almost intact.
There are many, many copies of Leonardo’s Last Supper, it has inspired novels and films.