About the exhibition
After the Duomo, the first thing that a tourist usually wants to see in Milan is Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, one of the most admired and most reproduced paintings in the world. This wall painting – because that’s what it actually is – was painted by Leonardo using a technique that, though ground-breaking for the era, was chemically imperfect. By the early 16th century, the paint had started to flake and decay, resulting, over the centuries, in numerous restorations.
This explains why visits to this fragile masterpiece are scrupulously planned and limited to 15 minutes per group. But until 13 January visitors will be granted an extra five minutes viewing time, thanks to a special event. For three months, an exhibition mounted in the same room as the wall painting will feature ten drawings, seven of which are preparatory sheets executed by Leonardo, plus an additional two traditionally attributed to Cesare da Sesto but here assigned to the Tuscan maestro, as well as one drawing attributed to his favourite pupil, Francesco Melzi.
A precious loan from The Queen
These priceless drawings, executed using different techniques, were created based on Leonardo’s early ideas for the Last Supper. The drawings are on special loan from the Royal Collection Trust of Windsor owned by Queen Elizabeth II, and represent a unique opportunity to gain insight into the mind of the artist by studying his work.