Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie : Michelin's recommendations
A Renaissance style church built between 1465 and 1490 by the Dominicans, it was finally completed by Bramante. Inside you will see frescoes by Gaudenzio Ferrari, an impressive cupola that, like the gallery and the cloister, was built by Bramante. A beautiful chevet, that you can see from the via Cadarosso. It is truly a jewel not to be missed, as you rush in to see the famous Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which of course has made this location famous around the world! This is indeed the place, inside the cenacolo, or old refectory of the monks, that Leonardo painted, between 1485 and 1497, his famous fresco upon the request of Lodovico the Moor. The piece is intelligent, scientific (the area painted appears to be an extension of the actual room) and of a great dramatic intensity. You will probably recognize each one of the Apostles, stupefied by what Jesus has just told them. This fresco almost disappeared forever at one point, because the technique chosen by Leonardo (he chose to paint with tempera paints on the coldest wall in the room). A bomb dropped on the refectory in 1943, leaving the painting exposed to the elements and to dust and pollution, which almost killed a work of art that was already in a bad enough state in 1901 for D'Annunzio to report its death in one of his poems. Today, the fresco is fully restored after 20 years of work. The Last Supper is once again open to the public, and has regained its original colors. An excessive restoration? The debate was rabid, when in 1999 the refectory was once again opened to the public...
- Address : Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie I - 20123 Milano20123Milano
- Phone : 0289421146
- Website : http://www.grazieop.it
- Prices : free of charge