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Leonardo da Vinci

By Viator, June 2014

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Leonardo da Vinci embodied the Renaissance man. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, writer, engineer, inventor… the list goes on. Some of his images remain our most iconic even today:  Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man. Although born just outside Florence in the town of Vinci and trained in a studio in Florence, he spent his early working life in Milan, under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, from 1482-1499.

It was during this time that he painted The Last Supper in the dining hall of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, at that time intended to be the Sforza family mausoleum. This huge painting is reason enough to visit Milan. Leonardo completed only fifteen paintings because his active mind tended to jump from project to project. He also had a tendency for experimentation that meant many of his paintings did not last well.

In The Last Supper he did not use traditional wall fresco techniques and experimented with mixing his paints, hence the deterioration we see in the painting today had begun only a few years after Leonardo finished it. To protect the painting there are now strict controls on the number of people allowed in the hall at one time and it’s necessary to pass through glass doors and dehumidifying chambers on the way in: the engineering mind of Leonardo would have loved it. There are also two permanent exhibitions of Leonardo’s more technical work in Milan at the Museo d’Arte e Scienza, "Treatise on Painting" and "Leonardo: Citizen of Milan."

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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2698 Reviews

Discover Milan and see da Vinci’s masterpiece, 'The Last Supper,' on this 3.5-hour tour. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Santa Maria delle Grazie to ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.46

Skip the Line: Small-Group Milan Walking Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' Tickets

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 627 Reviews

Discover Milan's must-see attractions on this comprehensive small group walking tour. Your half-day walking tour includes skip-the-line viewing of Leonardo da ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.05

Skip the Line: Leonardo da Vinci Walking Tour of Milan Including 'The Last Supper' Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 156 Reviews

Get up close to one of the world’s most famous paintings on this 3-hour walking tour of Milan including a visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper.’ With ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.46

Milan Art Tour: Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' and the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Discover some of Milan’s greatest artistic treasures on this 2-hour walking tour. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper,’ one of ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.97

Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 326 Reviews

Discover Milan using three different tour routes! See all the main sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus and with up to 16 stops to choose from you can ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: Ticket valid for 48 hours from the time of first use

From USD $32.48

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus Admission in Milan

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

See Leonardo da Vinci’s largest collection of original drawings at the incredible Codex Atlanticus exhibit in Milan. Spread over two venues — the Pinacoteca ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 30 mins - 1.5 hours

From USD $14.94

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