The Last Supper Restorations

Over the years there have been many attempts to limit damage to the painting. At the beginning of the 20th century the painter Luigi Cavenaghi tried to reattach the paint particles that were coming off the wall. Subsequently, with the second world war “The Last Supper” suffered even worse damage.

In 1977 the most challenging and delicate restoration project in history began, an operation which lasted more than twenty years.

Thanks to scientists, art critics and restorers from all over the world, the original painting, altered by so much retouching which did not conform to the peculiar characteristics of Leonardo da Vinci’s work, was brought to light again. For example the hole of a nail was discovered in Christ’s head, used by the artist to trace the perspective of the scene, the feet of the apostles under the table were also discovered, as was the face of John.

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