Unexpected Visit to Leonardo da Vinci

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Zanzana recently received a really unexpected gift. Unarosaverde, a blogging friend, booked a ticket for Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in Milan, but eventually could not come, neither her friends; Zanzana had the chance to go in her place, and enjoyed this occasion a lot. Zanzana is very grateful to unarosaverde, and really hopes to see her soon in Milan.

Zanzana went to see the painting when she was in high school: the restoration was not complete yet, and the system was much less complicated, as you just had to wait for a couple of hours with 2000 Japanese, while now you have to book in advance, as groups of just 25 people are allowed to be inside for 15 minutes slots, not to damage the masterpiece.

The Last Supper (1494-1498) is a mural painting, located in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Milan. Leonardo realized it using the “a secco” technique, in order to provide much more details, but this caused the painting to be ruined already in the first years after the realization, not to say that also its history was very complicated. In any case, the last restoration was as much as possible effective and really allows you to admire the painting.

Zanzana had a very peaceful feeling arriving at the church very early in the morning, as you can see from the pictures; it is not common to see Milan without so much traffic and confusion. When she entered the refectory, with the rest of the group, she took a seat and went through the painting details, as you can identify all the people represented: Leonardo wanted to fix the moment when Jesus revealed to the apostles that one of them was going to betray him, and you can see the reaction in their face expressions and gestures. After the visit she also appreciated a lot the church architecture, which is attributed to Donato Bramante, and had a walk in the cloister.

Zanzana was very happy to bring with her on that day, at the Survival Compromise, the nice feelings and the pride you experience when you enjoy a masterpiece located in your country, and the fact that we have to learn a lot from other people’s generosity.