Combo ticket Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper + Ambrosiana Art Gallery: visit both museums on the same date! Choose from the calendar your preferred time for the Last Supper; we will confirm the closest available time on the same date, booking also the entrance to Ambrosiana Art Gallery on the opposite side of the day (tipically one in the morning and the other in the afternoon). ATTENTION: You will receive one voucher for each museums: download them both as you will have to show it at each museum 15 minutes before each time confirmed.
IMPORTANT: the availability of tickets is not the same for all the combo packages. If you don't find availability for the desired date for this combo, please check the other combo packages too.
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 7 days notice.
Extensive measures have been implemented to protect the Last Supper fresco from further exposure. To ensure that the fresco be kept at room temperature, since restoration the visitor intake has been restricted to a group of 25 admitted.
Last Supper Audioguide
The audioguide is an audio system with earphones that explains, in the selected language, the history and characteristics of the fresco by Leonardo. It lasts 20 minutes.
Audioguides are available in: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.
Audioguides can be purchased only together with the ticket.
Guided visits provided by Last Supper staff:
You can also add a guide for your visit, available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Please notice the explanation is possible only in one language per each time spot.
Ambrosiana Art Gallery hosts a part of the exhibition Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo da Vinci.
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PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out. Tickets will be confirmed upon availability of museum. Please note time confirmed can be ANY TIME during opening hours.
Cancellation Policy: ONCE CONFIRMED, A VISIT CANNOT BE MODIFIED NOR CANCELED.
THE LAST SUPPER
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 a.m to 7.00 p.m (last admission 6.45 p.m) with a maximum group of 25 admitted. Visit lasts 15 minutes.The museum is closed on Monday, January 1st, May st and December 25th.
Reservations are mandatory for any kind of ticket.
VENERANDA BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA:
Piazza Pio Xi, 2, Milan
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Entrance each 30 minutes
Closure days: Monday, January 1st, Easter, Mauy 1st and December 25th.
Duration of the visit: about 1 hour
Information regarding transfer between Last Supper and Ambrosiana:
Tramway 16: from via Mazzini close to the Duomo – in front of Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie
Subway Red Line (stop for Amrbosiana: Duomo, stop for the Sacristy: Cadorna or Conciliazione)
Tramway 19 linking via Cantù (in front of the'Ambrosiana) to piazza Virgilio (behind via Paradosso, the street behind Santa Maria delle Grazie Church)
See one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art (Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper), and the Art Gallery of the Ambrosiana Library with its masterpieces by great artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, and Caravaggio, and including the Leonardo Room with Leonardo da Vinci's Portrait of a Musician. Purchase your Combo Ticket with us and secure your access to these highly popular destinations! Combo Ticket Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper + Ambrosiana Art Gallery – visit both museums on the same date!
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Last Supper + Ambrosiana Art Gallery
One of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art is located in the refectory of the 15th century church of Santa Maria delle Grazie: Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. The building of the magnificent Renaissance church and the attached refectory were commissioned by Ludovico il Moro in 1463.
Duke Ludovico il Moro chose the Dominican church of Santa Maria delle Grazie as the mausoleum for himself and his family. For this purpose, he commissioned architect Donato Bramante with the construction of a monumental chancel topped by a decorated dome.
Work on the project began in 1492. Bramante also designed the marble doorway, the old sacristy and the charmingly named small cloister "of the frogs." Lombard Renaissance masters including Butinone, Zenale and Gaudenzio Ferrari decorated the interior with frescoes.
Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned during this time (1494) to create a fresco for the north wall of the refectory. Leonardo completed the work in 1498, one year before the French seized Milan and ended the grandiose funerary projects of Ludovico il Moro.
The painting illustrates one of the most intense emotional moments of the New Testament. While the Last Supper is a typical subject chosen for the decoration of many a refectory, Leonardo chose to capture the moment immediately after Christ's announcement that one of his apostles would betray him.
The scene is set in a room with a coffered ceiling whose walls are decorated with tapestries (this portion of the fresco has not been cleaned). Three windows open onto a landscape in the background.
Light from a seemingly natural source shines on the scene from the left, allowing Leonardo to reproduce the phenomena that he observed in nature: just as the waves spread in circles when a pebble is dropped in water, so does the effect of Christ's words reach the apostles.
Because of the experimental technique the great master adopted to paint it, Leonardo's Last Supper showed signs of decay soon after its creation. Leonardo chose to use tempera on a gesso base instead of the usual "a buon fresco" method, rendering the paint unstable. Its condition was made worse by continuous attempts to touch it up and consolidate it over the next few centuries.
The last restoration took over 20 years and was completed in 1999. It succeeded in recovering original parts of Leonardo's masterpiece, and although the fresco is fragmentary, it is finally possible to experience its true beauty.
A welcoming place for those "who love beauty and look for truth, moved by goodwill".
With close to 700,000 prints, including thousands of incunabula,15,000 manuscripts - in addition to the famous Codex Atlanticus - the Ambrosiana Library has two of the 10 most important manuscripts in the world in Italian, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopian, and other languages. The library’s collection includes 12,000 drawings by artists such as Raphael, Pisanello, and Leonardo, plus other rarities such as ancient maps, music manuscripts, parchments and papyrus. The Ambrosiana Library collection is one of the most important in the world.
The Art Gallery
Cardinal Federico Borromeo's 1618 donation of passionately collected works of art form the original core of the Art Gallery. The Cardinal created the gallery to contribute to the training of young artists for whom Borromeo was preparing an Academy for painting, sculpture, and architecture.
But the collection, composed in part of religious art and partly of works portraying nature, reveals that the goal of the founder went further: Cardinal Borromeo was devoted to cultivating the public's enjoyment of beauty, considered a central element necessary for the human and Christian growth of the Milanese people
The New Leonardo Room
A new room is entirely dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's painting, Portrait of a Musician, as well as paintings by Leonardo’s followers are preserved at the Ambrosiana, in the room that currently hosts the Luini fresco. It was specially restored for this occasion by Professoressa Pinin Brambilla, the famous restorer of the Last Supper.