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Leonardo’s Last Supper in Milan and How to See the Mural

The best way to experience this event is by joining a group tour. By doing so, you are assured of an entry ticket to the refectory and the opportunity to learn about the history of the painting from a knowledgeable guide.

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Leonardo’s Last Supper Mural at Santa Maria delle Grazie

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Leonardo’s Last Supper mural is one of the world’s greatest and famous artworks. Painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1495 and 1498, the mural depicts a relatively simple composition of human reaction in a varied and complex show of emotions. The painting contrasts between light and dark on the figures. The artwork closely represents the moments in the Christian Gospel, the scene of the Last Supper with Jesus Christ and his 12 Apostles, just after he reveals that he will be betrayed by one of them.

In the mural, Jesus wearing the traditional robe in red and blue, appears at the centre of a lengthened table with his disciples on both, the left and right side of him. Leonardo painted the disciples in four groups of three, symmetrically level. Jesus declares that he will soon be betrayed by “the one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with will betray me” (Matthew 26:23). Judas, who sits to the right of Jesus reaches out to the same bowl on the table simultaneously as Jesus, an act that marks Judas as the betrayer. Jesus also marks the supper with the sharing of wine and a piece of bread, thus establishing the Holy Communion rite.

Leonardo depicts an austere room in which the meal takes place. The sides are lined with dark tapestries. The back wall is accentuated with three windows, with views of the rolling hills of Milan’s countryside.

The stunning Leonardo’s Last Supper mural is one of the finest in the world. Leonardo adopted the unusual linear painting styles discovered in the Renaissance era to create the illusion of space. He applied parallel lines to converge at a single point to create the illusion of depth on a flat surface. This style of linear perspective draws the viewers attention to a single vantage point, in this painting is Jesus’ right temple. The focus to the centre of the mural depicts Jesus watching over the entire scene as well as very much present in the intense moment. The Leonardo’s Last Supper mural is best viewed fifteen feet above ground.

Over time, the mural sustained damage and underwent several restorations, with the final restoration completed in 1999. Despite restoration works, Leonardo’s acclaimed artistic qualities such as luminous colour, and soft facial expressions have been lost. However, the linear perspective which he employed is still noticeable along with the human expressions and gestures.

Leonardo’s Last Supper mural remains fragile. Visitors are allowed viewing in small groups and for fifteen-minutes only, thus ensuring a slow deterioration. The Last Supper mural is housed on a wall in the Refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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Showcasing a combination of both Renaissance and Gothic architectural style, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site as well.

A structure of sophistication, the Church of Santa Maria is an emblem within the Catholic tradition and is a symbol of Renaissance Milan.

How to View Leonardo’s Last Supper Mural at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Leonardo’s Last Supper mural at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie can be viewed in one of the following three ways. If you want to see this incredible centuries old preserved painting on the wall, you must book your place in advance of your visit. Book one of these three recommended Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan for best experiences:

The ultimate aim of all three tours above is to ensure you get an up-close and personal experience of the world renowned timeless mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci Peruse the details and book your experience of Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan with your preferred tour operator.

What to expect from the Leonardo’s Last Supper tours in Milan

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Discover a masterpiece of the Milanese Renaissance when in Milan. Admire Da Vinci’s masterful “Last Supper” at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan up close. Also known as the “Cenacolo Vinciano,” the mural is hidden away on a wall of the refectory at the Basilica.

On this guided tour, your guide will give a quick introduction to Renaissance art in Italy, describing how it became one of the most fertile periods of painting in the world. Learn why the Duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, commissioned Leonardo, and how he presided over the most important period in the Milanese Renaissance.

Spend up to 15 minutes appreciating one of the most iconic images of Christ in the world.

Practical Information

Location: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

Opening hours:

From Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.

On Sunday from 9.00 am to 1.45 pm

Max. 18 admitted every 15 minutes.

Closed Monday, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.


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  1. I recall your previous blogs on Milan and ever since then it has been high on our list to visit, either as a stand alone break or a train tour of Europe.
    The Last Supper painting always gives me mixed thoughts. I would still love to see it for the incredible piece of art it is. My mixed thoughts come from how it has been misused since to formulate important thinking in matters of faith. As always your blog’s inspire thought, reflection and a desire to see.

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