Cenacolo/Last Supper Tickets + Bramante's Sacristy

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Overview

Combo ticket Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper + Bramante's Sacristy: 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 Bramante's Sacristy, 30 minutes later, being located in the same museum complex. ATTENTION: You will receive one voucher for each museums: print 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.

Bramante's Sacristy hosts a part of the exhibition Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo da Vinci.

Bramante Sacristy Audio Guide

An audio guide is available to make the most of your visit.

Device: smartphone with NFC tag operation. The explanation is automatically activated when the phone is brought close, and you can choose to listen to all or a part of it, or to read the comment instead of listening to it.

Duration: about 40 minutes

Languages: English or Italian

 

Contents:
  • General introduction
  • Commentary about the interior of the Sacristy
  • Commentaries (read only) about the Atlantic Code pieces on display at the time of the visit

 

Before making your reservation, please, read the Ordering Informations

VERY IMPORTANT: due to the huge quantity of requests, ORDER CANNOT AND MUST NOT BE CONSIDERED CONFIRMED UNTIL RECEIVING THE CONFIRMATION VOUCHER, ONE BUSINESS DAY AFTER THE REQUEST.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: After succesfully completing a reservation, you will receive two e- mails: the copy of your order (immediately after submitting your order) and the confirmation mail (one working day after). In order to receive them, please make sure you insert your e-mail address correctly and check that your anti-spam filter or antivirus are not blocking mails from our address [email protected] Special attention for AOL mailbox users.

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.

BRAMANTE'S SACRISTY:

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 7 pm. Visit lasts about 20 minutes. Entrance allowed each 30 minutes. The museum is closed on Monday, 1st January, 1st May, Easter and December 25th.

How to get there:

Both museums are located in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie. Entrance to Bramante's Sacristy from Via Caradosso 1.
Tram 18-24: stop Corso Magenta - Santa Maria delle Grazie
Tube MM1: stop Conciliazione o Cadorna Metro MM2: stop Cadorna

Cenacolo Tickets + Bramante's Sacristy

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper

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.

Fortunately The Last Supper, together with the Crucifixion fresco by Montorfano on the opposite wall survived even the World War II bombings that destroyed the rest of the refectory.

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.

Bramante's Sacristy and the Codex Atlanticus
Milan - Symbol of the Renaissance

Fifteenth century Milan became the European capital of art and culture thanks to the Visconti and Sforza families, and to Ludovico il Moro. Exceptional artists such as Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci visited Milan, which became the heart of Renaissance art.

Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Bramante's Sacristy

The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was built from 1465 to 1482 by Guiniforte Solari. Starting in 1490 Ludovico il Moro ordered important architectural changes. He commissions Bramante with building the new tribune, and Leonardo da Vinci with painting The Last Supper. Bramante enlarged the church with a great Renaissance tribune, adding the cloister and the new sacristy.

The cloister is formed by lateral arches that rest on columns with Renaissance capitals. The Sacristy is characterized by rigorous geometric design, complete with cornice moldings, frames, and tondi (round paintings). Beautiful cabinets cover the four walls. These were initially inlaid and then completed with paintings.

The Codex Atlanticus. Air, Water, Earth and Fire. History in Movement.

The Codex Atlanticus it is the largest and most breathtaking collection of papers by Leonardo da Vinci. The name comes from its impressive size, typical for an Atlas (650×440 mm). At the end of the 16th century, the sculptor Pompeo Leoni put the more than 1,700 texts and drawings by the master together in a large single volume of 402 pages. It was donated to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana together with 11 other manuscripts in 1637. Confiscated by Napoleon and taken to Paris, the Codex Atlanticus was later returned to its original home never to leave it again.

The collected material covers the whole intellectual life of Leonardo, spanning over 40 years, from 1478 to 1519. Represented here are:

  • Leonardo's contributions to mechanics, mathematics, history, botany, geography, physics, chemistry and architecture
  • The master's drawings of war devices, underwater and flying machines, tools, architecture and urban design projects
  • Theoretical and technical principles of painting, sculpture, optics and perspective
  • Fables, tales and philosophic meditations
Bramante's Sacristy hosts a part of the exhibition Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo da Vinci.

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