This “image is a copy of da Vinci’s painting by Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli, completed in the early 16th century. It has been used as the primary source for 20th century restoration.”
“The Last Supper” was completed in the late 15th century, on a wall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. The painting took Leonardo da Vinci a few years to complete, though the exact timeline is unknown. Legend has it that that da Vinci became enraged at a prior who expressed frustration with the number of years the painting had taken to complete, and so the painter threatened to use the prior’s face as the model for Judas.
The painting’s condition began to decline shortly after its completion. Italian painter Gian Paolo Lomazzo stated only midway through the 16th century that “the painting is all ruined.”
Below is an image of da Vinci’s original painting:
Besides deterioration over time, several notable destructions to the piece have occurred. In 1652, a doorway was inserted into the mural which removed Jesus’ feet. During World War II, the monastery was bombed, though, remarkably, the wall with “The Last Supper” remained intact.
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