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Da Vincis Last Supper is a priceless piece of art with much hidden meaning Under the study of Verrocchio as a painter and a sculptor he was able to use his skills in creating a very detailed and a very naturalistic piece of work that would be remembered for hundreds of years He was also able to create characters with amazing individuality Not only was his portrayal of the characters magnificent but also the symbolism he used which emphasized the story being told in the Last Supper Lodovico Sforza chose Da Vinci to create The Last Supper in the refectory of the Dominican Church of St Maria delle Grazie in Milan The Abate of the St Maria delle Grazie saw Da Vinci work from morning until night on The Last Supper without eating or much sleep Although there were times he would stop painting for days at a time or would work on a specific character for just a few moments and then leave to continue working on it later He ended up worked on it from 1495 thru 1498 Before Da Vinci began painting the actual portrait he put down a substance which was suppose to absorb the tempora and protect the tempora from the moisture on the wall Unfortunately the substance was proven unsuccessful and by 1517 it began to deteriorate In May 1556 a painter Giovanni Batista Armenini said that the painting was so badly affected that nothing is visible but a mass of blots The painting has continued to decay in the following centuries It was further damaged by restorations made by careless artists and by the addition of a doorway put in the lower part of the painting Yet even to this day his painting The Last Supper is widely known and visited by many tourists each year The remembrance of the Last Supper could be due to the sacredness of the parting meal It is quite obvious
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