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Enjoy ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci down to the last detail thanks to this version digitized by Google

23 mayo, 2021

Google and the Royal Academy of Arts have worked together to bring to life a scanned version (already very high resolution) of the famous copy of ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci.

Yes, we are talking about a copy, because Da Vinci painted the original work between 1495 and 1498 in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan). He made it in tempera and oil on a dry plaster wall, something that was not a very good idea for its maintenance.

Image 1 7 20 10 51 Pasted Original fresco by Leonardo da Vinci

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The feet of Jesus and the bad omen of the spilled salt

Fortunately for us, Leonardo’s students decided to make a copy using oil on canvas, practically at the same time that the original was painted. This copy is the one owned by the Royal Academy since 1821.

Although the upper part is not represented in the original, this copy is considered the most accurate and original record that exists, since the eight-meter mural that Da Vinci painted is in such bad condition that it is very difficult to admire it as it was conceived.

The original mural is in such bad condition that it is very difficult to admire it as it was conceived

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Thanks to Google Arts, we can now access an online version at a high resolution, in which we can zoom in until we appreciate all the details of this very important work of art.

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A curious detail to keep in mind is that Jesus’ feet did not appear in the original work, because a door was built in that place and that part disappeared completely.

Window Y The Last Supper Attributed To Giampietrino And Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio Google Arts Culture

Also we can see in the right arm of Judas a sack with silver coins who gave him for carrying out the mythical betrayal. At the same time, we see how he spills the salt from a salt shaker, a bad omen at that time.

The Last Supper Attributed To Giampietrino And Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio Google Arts Culture

The truth is that it is a real luxury to be able to move with so much detail before an anthological work, and to be able to do it all without leaving our house. I recommend doing a lot of zooming and analyzing all the details that until now could have gone unnoticed.