In the Mind of Leonardo: the Preparatory Drawings of the Last Supper

In the Mind of Leonardo: the Preparatory Drawings of the Last Supper
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Just a few months from the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo, Santa Maria delle Grazie celebrates the genius in a remarkable exhibition: from the Royal Collection of London, a kind loan from the Queen Elizabeth II of England, the preparatory drawings of The Last Supper. Right in front of the original painting, the public can observe how the masterpiece grew, step by step, in the mind and hands of the master. Surviving five centuries, the fragile pages highlight the two principal phases of the project. The first, represented by a rapid ink drawing, seems to point to a rather traditional work. Then something changes and, through a series of studies with black and red pencils, Leonardo breathes life into the innovative composition that we all know. Besides the overview of the entire project, it is quite striking to see the master’s attention to detail, each analysed on separate pages - faces, gestures, even the position of the feet under the table are conceived with extreme attention, probably working with live models. From a standard depiction for the time to a naturalistic and realistic scene, it was no small step even for Leonardo: lucky for us as, today, we can admire all of the phases of the work of this genius on paper.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano