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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 35 A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS

The Last Supper

LEONARDO DA VINCI, 1495-1497

 

Leonardo da Vinci began The Last Supper in 1495 at the request of his patron, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. It took da Vinci 3 years to finish the expansive mural, which is almost 30 feet wide. One of the world’s most beloved paintings, it is an ambitious work of art in terms of both composition and execution.

 

Traditionally, murals of this size were rendered with raw pigment and water on a base of wet plaster—a technique known as “fresco.” Ever the innovator, da Vinci decided to try painting on a dry wall instead. His non-traditional masterpiece ...

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