Da Vinci's The Last Supper

Da Vinci's The Last Supper is an iconic mural that 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.


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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Santa Maria delle Grazie Church
Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is a Dominican convent that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site as it's home to the mural of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper".
Sforza Castle
The Sforza Castle was the Sforza dynasty's residence for centuries, and it now holds some of Milan's most important artistic work.
Chiesa San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is a royal church built in the 16th Century in the historic centre of Milan, with stunning frescos that often go missed by tourists.
Columns of St. Lawrence
The Columns of St. Lawrence or Colonne di San Lorenzo is a group of 16 ancient marble Roman columns, located in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan, Italy.
Sforzesco Castle
Sforzesco Castle or Castello Sforzesco was built by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza back in the 15th century to make it his residence.
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
The Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches in Milan

Related Tours

Half Day Highlights Private Tour of Milan with Da Vinci’s The Last Supper
Experience the very best of Milan, on this four-hour private walking tour of the city highlights, including tickets to see the iconic painting of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci in Santa Maria Delle Grazie. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personal attention and meaningful insights from your private guide.
  • Explore the city highlights and some hidden gems.
  • Learn the history of Milan and the people that created the city – from a humble Celtic settlement two thousand years ago, to a Renaissance powerhouse and today’s thriving financial and fashion centre. 
  • See some of the most iconic buildings, piazzas and monuments in Milan for some fabulous photos, including the Duomo, Castillo Sforzesco – and its magnificent park, the Royal Palace, the Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and the ancient Columns of St. Lawrence, Piazza Mercanti and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. 
  • Stroll along with the exclusive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, home to Milan’s haute couture and admire La Bella Figura
  • Finish your tour with tickets including seeing Da Vinci's painting of "The Last Supper". Please note: your guide will not join you for this portion of the tour. 
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. 

You will see all the major highlights of this prominent Italian city, including Theatre la Scala (external only), an iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held some of the most famous opera and ballet performances. Enjoy a stroll in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls and experience the fashion hub of Italy with its exclusive shops and haute couture. This vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing-room" and is built with an impressive glass-vaulted arcade design.

Visit the fascinating 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. Pop into churches, and admire ancient ruins, before coming to Cenacolo Vinciano the world heritage site, which contains the 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, and of course has been made mega-famous by Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. 

Please note that the visit to "The Last Supper" lasts 15 minutes due to Covid restrictions at the site.


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