Countless works have been written on The Last Supper and its origins. Valued for its religious reference, artistic achievement and technical experimentation, it is widely considered one of the world’s greatest examples of 15th century Renaissance Art.
Created circa 1494-1498, it was originally commissioned by the Duke of Milan as the centerpiece of a mausoleum. The final version measured approximately 15 by 29 feet and is located in the refectory or eating hall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. Though the subject matter was not uncommon for its day, Da Vinci’s version was noted for portraying specifically the moment after Jesus announced the impending betrayal of a disciple. Executed in tempura on plaster, the original piece has required several restorations up to and through the 20th century. This printed reproduction allows for the viewing of the artwork around the world regardless of its current condition or restorative phase. Its muted jewel hues and architectural elements make it an interesting piece to add to any collection.