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ID number:346799
Published: 22.05.2003.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used

The Last Supper was Leonardo Da Vinci's first wall painting. The painting is in the Dominican Monastery in Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. Da Vinci began it in 1495 and finished it 1 497. The painting is 15 ft and 1 in. x 28ft and 10 ½ in. Lucovico Sforza commissioned The Last Supper for the family mausoleum. For this painting, Da Vinci created his own medium of tempera on stone, which required a strong base of gesso, pitch, and mastic to seal well against the damp and to provide even ground for the paint. Unfortunately, this medium proved unstable and as a result, the paint began to decay from the ground up within a few years of completion. Humidity and a doorway that was cut into the lower part of the table- cloth in 1652 caused the original decay. Even though the doorway was sealed, the damage is still visible.
The art depicts The Last Supper as Da Vinci viewed it. …

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