Cenacolo/Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and Milan Mini Guide Book

Cenacolo/Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and Milan Mini Guide Book

Your reservation and ticket to the Last Supper includes a Milan Guide Book!

Visit Leonardo's mysterious gift to mankind.

See one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art, Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, and receive a free Milan Guide Book with your admission ticket. Purchase your Combo Ticket with us and secure your access to this highly popular destination!

Combo Ticket Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper + Milan Guide Book – visit the museum and pick up your purchased book (one book per each full or reduced price ticket reserved – not for free tickets) at the end of your visit at the bookshop.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

You will receive one voucher for the Last Supper and for the Milan Guide Book each. You must print them both as you will have to show the corresponding voucher before your confirmed time of visit and to pick up the book.

PLEASE NOTE:

The availability of tickets is not the same for all our 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 taken to protect Leonardo da Vinci's Cenacolo (Last Supper) fresco from further damage. To ensure that the fresco is kept at room temperature, admission has been restricted to a maximum of 25 visitors at any one time since the 1999 reopening.

Last Supper Audio Guide

  • The audio guide is an audio system with earphones that explains the history and characteristics of the fresco by Leonardo in the selected language. Duration of audio guide commentary is 20 minutes.
  • Audio guides are available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and Japanese.
  • Audio guides can be purchased only in combination 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.

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

PLEASE NOTE:

Immediately after submitting your order, you will receive an email with your order summary and an email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

Cancellation Policy: ONCE CONFIRMED, A VISIT CANNOT BE MODIFIED NOR CANCELED.

Cenacolo Vinciano (The Last Supper)

Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15am to 7:00pm

Last admission at 6:45pm.

Admission for a maximum of 25 visitors at any one time

Duration of visit: 15 minutes

The museum is closed on Mondays, and on January 1, May 1, and December 25

Reservations are required for any kind of ticket

How to get to there:

The church of Santa Maria dell Grazie with the Last Supper is located on Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Tram 18-24: stop Corso Magenta - Santa Maria delle Grazie

Metro MM1: stop Conciliazione or Cadorna

Metro MM2: stop Cadorna

Save time ordering: Add all the service tickets you want into your basket, then fill in the form and send your request.

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.

Milan Guide Book

15 x 21 cm, 184 pages, 103 color, flexibound

Series Museums and Artistic Places

Languages: Italian, English, Japanese, French, and German

Full Price Tickets

Reduced Price Tickets

Available only for citizens from the European Union between 18 and 25 years of age and European Union teachers (courtesy extended to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).

Free Admission             

  • Children under 18 from any country
  • I.C.O.M. Members
  • Employees of the Ministry for Arts and Culture
  • Secondary school students with valid I.D. card
  • Teachers and students from the European Union studying the following disciplines: Architecture, Preservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage, Arts Faculties and Classical Studies, Art Academies, Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Opificio delle Pietre Dure and Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico
  • Nationally registered journalists
  • European Union persons with disabilities accompanied by an escort
  • Volunteers for cultural promotion and information activities as by rule of Ministry art.12,8 of the Code Amici di Brera Association Members

Free access the first Sunday of every month.

Free Admission (AVAILABLE ONLY through the Museums' Call Center)

  • Italian and European Union school groups
  • European Union Tourist Guides with professional license
  • European Union Tourist Interpreters when requested to support the Tourist Guide

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

> The service fee (pre-sale and online booking fees) as well as the cost for any temporary exhibition are due for all ticket categories and on gratuity days.

> When picking up a reduced or free ticket, you will be asked to show a valid I.D. document to prove the price reduction reason. Admission may be denied without it.

WARNING: Admission to booked site or service will be denied without presenting the voucher or the ticket. Presenting a copy of the order form does by not give you the right to be admitted. No exceptions can be made to this rule.
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