Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper is one of the world’s greatest pieces of art. On a recent visit to Milan I visited this amazing masterpiece and I’ll share with you my top tips on buying tickets and information about this world-renowned work of art.
About Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
The Last Supper was started by da Vinci in 1490 and the painting focuses on the moment of identification of the traitor, Judas, who in an isolated position with respect to the other apostles, receives a piece of bread from Christ and dips it into his dish. It’s actually a miracle that The Last Supper painting still exists because it has been badly damaged over time and has had several restorations. The painting has suffered vandalism, has been stored outside and the building where the painting is stored was once used as the headquarters for the fire brigade and as a military barracks.
Where can you see da Vinci’s Last Supper?
The Last Supper can be found in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. It’s a short walk from the city centre or you can also catch the Metro. The room where you can see the painting has an elaborate system in place to keep the room at a constant cool temperature in an attempt to preserve the painting.
How to book tickets for the Last Supper?
Don’t try to book tickets at the museum on the day because there won’t be any available! Da Vinci’s Last Supper is the painters most visited painting, so you need to buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are only on sale two months before you want to go so you need to be quick off the mark. Only 25 people in a group can visit the painting and each group is allowed 15 minutes to view the painting. I found the whole experience surreal and peaceful because the painting is in a big room so that gives you plenty of time to study the painting. Even though the painting is not in good condition it’s still a fascinating painting to look at.
You can buy tickets online at a cost of 36 Euros or you can book a Last Supper and Milan Walking Tour with a tour guide that lasts 3 hours and starts from Piazza del Duomo. I paid £55 per person for the 3 hour tour.
My photo of The Last Supper
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan