The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance art. Da Vinci finished in 1498, and the wall painting is still available to see in person at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
There are a lot of amazing things to do in Milan, especially with the Milan Expo 2015, but seeing da Vinci’s Last Supper is definitely a highlight.
But, this piece of art it is fascinating for other things, and some people doesn’t know. One, is Da Vinci needed time to work on the Last Supper, time which fresco painting doesn’t allow. Instead, da Vinci decided to add tempera to already dry plaster, allowing him to work slowly, develop the shading that comes with the chiaroscuro of the mural and make any changes necessary over time. As a result da Vinci’s Last Supper has suffered changes in temperature, moisture and humidity more than most frescoes. Amazing, right?
On the other hand, most accounts claim that da Vinci’s Last Supper uses the faces of actual people to stand in for the apostles’ faces. He might have even painted himself in the wall mural! Though it’s never been proven, some art historians say that da Vinci painted his own likeness as that of St. James the Less.
Either that, or the apostle looked a lot like the painter!