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Da Vinci's The Last Supper

Da Vinci's iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples.

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The subject of The Last Supper is Christ’s final meal with his apostles before he is betrayed by Judas. It depicts the moment he announces “One of you will betray me,” and how each apostle reacts. One of the world’s most famous paintings, this 15th century mural can be found in the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.


Da Vinci began working on The Last Supper in 1495 and finished it in 1498. It is technically astounding: every element of the painting directs one’s attention to the midpoint of the composition — Christ’s head. It’s a classic example of one-point linear perspective. There is also symbolism in the composition: in the centre, Christ’s body forms an equilateral triangle, and his apostles are divided into four sets of three. There are four Gospels in the Bible, and three is the number of the Trinity.


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The painting itself is in a poor and worsening condition, in spite of people’s best efforts. Instead of using the tried-and-tested method of tempera on wet plaster - the preferred one for fresco painting - Da Vinci opted to try using dry plaster. It achieved a more varied, vivid palette, but at the cost of longevity: the painted plaster began to flake off soon after, and attempts to restore it have been ongoing ever since. See it while you still can.


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Each apostle can be identified through small touches. For example, Judas clutches a purse containing his reward for betraying Christ, and Peter holds a knife which he will later use to sever the ear of a soldier as he attempts to prevent Christ’s arrest in Gethsemane.

Nearby Attractions

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The Theatre la Scala
An iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held the most famous opera and ballet performances.
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
This Dominican convent is a world heritage site which contains the mural of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper".
Piazza Mercanti
"Merchants square" is former epicentre of the city where swords, hats and suits of armour were once sold.
Sforza Castle
The ruling Sforza dynasty's residence for centuries, now holding some of Milan's most important artistic work.
Brera Palace
A neoclassical structure containing the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery showing Milan's most famous work.
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
A royal chapel built in the 16th Century, with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists.

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In this six hour walking tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of this magnificent city. 

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Note: this tour must be booked one month in advance for the last supper to be included.

  • Commence at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
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  • Walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest shopping mall
  • Enjoy your time at Piazza Duomo, where the Gothic cathedral stands
  • Stroll through Piazza Mercanti, where suits of armour were once sold
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Your guide will take you to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Dominican convent and world heritage site which contains world famous mural of Da Vinci's The Last Supper. This iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples. This tour includes skip the line tickets. 

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In this four hour tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of this magnificent city.

Milan is a vast, modern city which plays an important role as an Italian economic and industrial hub. However behind this industrious veneer lies a city steeped in history, culture and fashion. The majestic churches and cathedrals contain stunning frescos and architecture that cannot be missed, and the world renowned fashion district is a fascinating place to explore. In addition the art collections found in Milan boast a wide variety of work which include none other than the great Leonardo Da Vinci. 

Note: this tour must be booked one month in advance for the last supper to be included.

  • Commence at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Snap pictures of Da Vinci's iconic The Last Supper
  • Visit Milan's historic theatre, the Theatre la Scala
  • Walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest shopping mall
  • Enjoy your time at Piazza Duomo, where the Gothic cathedral stands
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Your guide will take you to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Dominican convent and world heritage site which contains world famous mural of Da Vinci's The Last Supper. Da Vinci's iconic mural depicts the moment Jesus realises that he will be betrayed by one of his disciples. This tour includes skip the line tickets. 

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Your guide will be pleased to take you to the Piazza Mercanti or "Merchants square" where swords, hats and suits of armour were once sold. Explore the adjacent Sforza Castle, the former home of the ruling Sforza dynasty for centuries. It now holds some of Milan's most important artistic work.
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