Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milano - details and images

Maybe tourist attraction that draws most tourists in Milan Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece - The Last Supper. Between 1495 and 1497, Leonardo painted this masterpiece of confusion and betrayal on the wall of the dining room at a time when Santa Maria delle Grazie was a Dominican monastery. Leonardo's fresco has been called "the saddest work of art in the world" - in part because deteriorated even before being completed, probably because the priests preparing their meals here.

Fresco has suffered a series of well-intentioned but poorly executed retouching in 18 or 19 centuries. In our new Ziel restoration took place, aimed at removing the effects of previous restorations and damage resulting therefrom. The fresco was restored and also to repair damage brought by Napoleon's troops, who used the wall as a target rifle and fired exercises damages suffered during World War II bombing which destroyed the roof, leaving exposed fresco weather for 3 years.

In other words, the "Last Supper" is just a shadow of Leonardo's work, but work to immortalize the moment when Christ told the Apostles that one of them will betray him, remains as powerful and evocative. Only 25 people are allowed to see this artwork at the same time, and must pass through a series of devices that removes any clothing items that can be harmful fresco. Because of this, queues are generally very large and without reservation in advance you will be surprised to be rejected on entry even if you go in winter when the tourist flow is far from full. In addition, several groups of tourists buy tickets contributing to congestion.

Because the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie hosting such a masterpiece, the church itself is often overlooked, but it itself is a treasure. Old 15th century, Santa Maria delle Grazie shows a lot of architectural innovations and an impressive dome. It is the work of one of the greatest Renaissance architect, Donato Bramante - who was one of the first architects who worked on St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Address: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2 Corso Magenta
Transport: Tram - 24, Metro - Conciliazione or Cadorna station
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 8:15 am to 7:30 pm. Bookings are essential and visitors must arrive 15 minutes before the time allotted for the visit.
Price: biserii visit is free. To see Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece is a fee of 6.5 € and 1.5 € booking fee.

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