The uniqueness of this painting stands on the personal way people have is seeing the and thing but then again Myself I admired the fact that instead of having yet another masterpiece taken away from its "home" and displayed in a cold and lifeless museum's room this painting is still at the exact same spot the painter initially painted it: the back wall of the monastery's kitchen. And despite the drama on how the painting was restored into completely changing it from the initial painting or the rumours fed by Dan Brown's Da Vinci code on the woman's figure depicted in John's portrait, the painting is there to make you feel as if you are still in the end of 1400s and Leonardo's just around the corner painting his next masterpiece. Of course the fact that only 15 people are allowed each time in the room and only for 15 minutes, really helps intensifying the feeling of being in another era. This is the way to admire a masterpiece!
The catch is that the limited number of people makes it necessary to reserve very well in ahead. In summer be aware that you may need up to a month before reservation. Go to www.booking.milan-museum.com and you will find all available days for a visit to the last supper as well as all different types of tours combining visit to Leonardo's painting with other attractions of the city. Once you are finished just have a look into the books of the small shop next to the room of the painting. For those of you interested to dug more into the painting's history there are several interesting books. My personal favourite is Leonardo's Last Supper by Ross King.
As the monastery that hosts the painting is just next to Santa Maria del le Grazia, do pay a visit to this picturesque fairy tale style chapel! It's totally worth it!
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