Commissioned by Ludovico di Moro and designed by Guiniforte Solari, this building was intended as a mausoleum for the ... More
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Commissioned by Ludovico di Moro and designed by Guiniforte Solari, this building was intended as a mausoleum for the Sforzesco dynasty, in which the remains of the duke and his wife, Beatrice d'Este, as well as others connected with the family, were to be laid to rest. The adjoining Dominican convent's cloister and sacristy were later renovated by Bramante. Bramante's façade is of particular interest as is the gallery's terracotta ornamentation, which became one of the dominant motifs in northern Italian Renaissance architecture. One of the most famous paintings, The Last Supper, is housed here. Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, it is a very complex undertaking and hence a lot of rough sketches were made before he finalized the unbelievable painting, which had its huge share of bad luck all the way. Guests must book in advance.
Please note that the picture attached to this page on Yahoo (June 2009) does not represent the way the restored image looks. The colors are much more subtle and the timber beams above the heads of the apostles are not there at all. As other reviewers mentioned, make sure to book your tickets a couple of weeks ahead of time as you cannot purchase them at the door. Groups of about 20 enter the room after going through a small dehumidification room. You can stay for 15 minutes and then the next group is let in. At one end of the room in the amazing DaVinci and at the other end is another painting by a different artist. I guess that about sums up how much attention the other guy gets. Iconic.
This is by and far the most important thing to see and do while visiting Milan. The shopping is great and the Duomo is huge, but this is spectacular and beautiful. Book in advance as this was the most difficult to book (and protected historical item) of all the things we did during our two weeks in Italy.
Even though we had a reservation, I was surprised that there were so few people and we got in so fast! I never realized the Last Supper was a frescoe on the wall of the dining hall. For some reason I always pictured it as a framed painting. It's wonderful to view it in person.
this is something anyone visiting milan must do.
when i went i havdnt realised tckets had to be booked in advance. there were no tickets available until december.
so i ended up waiting in the outside the building, in hope that one of the tour guides would have a cancellation and sell me a ticket, after waiting in the november rain for over an hour, i managed to get a ticket, and you know, the amazing fresco was definitely worth the wait.
to see a painting so famous, so legendary, which withstood th ebombings of 2 world wars, definitely an awe inspiring experience.
and you im sure thats mary magdelene, the da vinci code, suddenly doesnt seem so absurd a conotation.
We visited S. Maria delle Grazie last week. Don't know whether it's because of the Da Vinci Code, but you have to book to view the Last Supper at least 3 days in advance - so a fair hike away from the main centre, we had to head back.
The last time I visited S. Maria delle Grazie, restoration was in progress and the Last Supper was mostly obscured. It has now been lovingly restored and one can again view the magnificence of da Vinci's masterpiece. Visitors should be aware that the fresco is not in lavish surroundings but is in a large room but the size and beauty of the fresco makes a trip to S. Maria well worthwhile - especially for da Vinci fans.
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