Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Leonardo da Vinci

June 15

Today I got to experience one of my dreams and visited the Last Supper in Milan. And what an experience it was!! We entered the Convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie with our group through a series of mysteriously opening doors. We were allowed only 15 minutes of viewing time. When we arrived in the white room where the masterpiece hangs it appeared dreamy and delicate. Even though it has been restored it still appears quite fragile. Since Leonardo used an experimental technique, mixing oils with the plaster fresco, it sadly began to deteriorate within 6 years of his finish. Nonetheless, this is a lifetime memory for me.

As with Botticell's Birth of Venus they have a plaster casting of the artwork so blind people can enjoy it as well.

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