The refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, besides the eponymous church, keeps one of the most world-famous paintings: the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (or Cenacolo).
Painted on the northern wall of the large room between 1494 and 1498, under the seigniory of Ludovico il Moro, the work was made by Leonardo replacing the traditional technique of fresco, usually adopted for wall paintings, with the dry technique.
The way of execution, the environment conditions and the many historical events caused a severe degradation of this masterpiece during the course of the centuries, which was documented since after the work conclusion. Numerous restoration works have succeeded since then, the last of which terminated in 1999, and saw the use of the most up-to-date scientific methods, thanks to which it was made possible to recuperate the original colours, and to remove all the over paintings accumulated with the various interventions.
The tutelage of this masterpiece requires optimum environment conditions, obtained through a special air treatment, and restricted procedures for the access of visitors, who are admitted inside the church in groups of 25 persons every 15 minutes.
How to get to the Cenacolo
The Cenacolo is kept inside the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, situated on piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie n.2, Corso Magenta, besides the church Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Tram 16-18: tram stop in Corso Magenta - Santa Maria delle Grazie
Metro MM1: underground stop Conciliazione or Cadorna
Metro MM2: stop Cadorna.
The underground stop Cadorna lies 950 mt. from the church, while the stop Conciliazione is only 450 mt. far.