The Cenacle

The Zenale Parking is very close to the “Cenacolo Vinciano”, one of the most famous works from Leonardo Da Vinci.

What is it about?
The Last Supper (or Cenacle) is a mural painting made in tempera grassa on gesso, datable to the years 1494-1498 and preserved in the Renaissance ex-refectory of the convent next to the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

We are talking about the most famous representation of the Last Supper, a Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece and one of the most celebrated works of the Italian Renaissance in general.
Despite this, due to the special experimental technique tried by Leonardo, incompatible
with the humidity, the work’s conditions have been bad for centuries. The fresco has been improved over the course of one of history’s longest and most widespread restorations, from 1978 to 1999 using the most cutting-edge techniques.

What does the painting depict?
The Cenacolo Vinciano shows the dramatic

moment of Jesus Christ’s last supper with the apostles, as described in Giovanni’s Vangelo (13:21), when Christ announces the betrayal from one of them. Around Jesus, the 12 apostles are visibly upset by the Prophet’s words.

It is in the representation of such vivid emotions on people’s faces that relies the magnificence of Leonardo’s work. He reproduces the “movements of the soul”, a fundamental task for an artist, as Leonardo writes in his Treatise on Paining.

How to visit it?
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 AM to 7 PM (last access is at 6.45 PM). Closed on Monday and January 1st, May 1st, December 25th.
Reservation is required and you can also book online.

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