Updated: Jun 9, 2019
Every year I try to cross something off of my bucket list. This year it was going to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting in Milan, Italy. I've been to Italy before and didn't have the best experience. Was it beautiful? Yes. Did I get pickpocketed while trying to enjoy the beauty? Also yes. So you can see why I have a love/hate relationship with Italy. I just hope whoever stole my phone needed the money more than I needed my phone. At any rate I decided to give Milan a try because I had always wanted to see this painting and it did not disappoint. Why the last supper you ask? It is one of the western world's most recognizable paintings.
The work is presumed to have been started around 1495–96 and was commissioned as part of a plan of renovations to the church and its convent buildings by Leonardo's patron Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Apostles when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him.
Due to the methods used, a variety of environmental factors, and intentional damage, very little of the original painting remains today despite numerous restoration attempts, the last being completed in 1999 so it wasn't as crisp as I'm sure it was centuries ago but it was still a sight to behold. They only let you in for 15 minutes at a time and I had to get our tickets in advance but it was worth every mile and every penny... #Milan #Italy #LeonardoDaVinci #LastSupper #BucketList