Ghirlandaio Last Supper
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The Last Supper by Ghirlandaio

A fresco by Domenico Ghirlandaio at Ognissanti

Borgo Ognissanti, 42
Frescoed with the Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-94) in 1488, the refectory in the convent of Ognissanti still has the original wash basins and portal, and an early 15th-century Annunciation. The cloister, decorated with 17th-century frescoes (Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis), gives access to the church, which houses two other paintings by Ghirlandaio, a Saint Jerome and a Madonna della Misericordia.

The central fresco, 8.10m x 4m, is one of the artist’s masterpieces. He has chosen to represent the moment in which Jesus announces to his disciples that one of them will betray him. At the request of the monks who commissioned the work, Ghirlandaio included an abundance of details. At first sight these may seem decorative, but in fact they are full of symbolic references to the Passion and Redemption of Christ.


 
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