Transported by technology to a monastery in Milan
The great Leonardo completed his masterwork, The Last Supper, in 1498 after several years of work. Sadly, the painting started to crumble as its tempera paint began to dry, and it has not been able to be seen by the general public. But now, in New York City until January 6, contemporary art lovers can visit a multimedia exploration of this painting, complete with a reconstruction of the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Art critics may quibble at the “big production” aspect of this presentation, which features portentous music and moving images, but there’s no arguing with the impact of seeing this iconic work full size (and in enlarged detail). Here’s a review by a skeptical art critic, and here’s an article about the process of creating this experience. What do you think?
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