This cenacolo, or Last Supper is not one of my favorites, but the story behind it is intriguing. The fresco hangs in the Convent of Sant’Apollonia. It was painted in 1447 by Andrea del Castagna, along with scenes of the crucifixion, deposition, and resurrection.The Benedictine convent of Sant’ Apollonia was built in 1339 and enlarged in the 15th century. The painting of Andrea del Castagno was unknown because of its location inside this cloistered convent. The convent was suppressed in 1808 and the fresco was discovered and some access was granted although it was very limited. It wasn’t until 1891 when some rooms of the convent were purchased that the frescoes were opened to the public. Almost 450 years had passed with not too many people seeing this masterpiece.
It is located at via 27th Aprile and is opened daily from 8.15-13.50. Closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day. Admission is free.
The Last Supper is a common painting in the refectories where the meals where usually held. There are 8 Last Supper frescoes in Florence. Can you name them all? Have you seen them? Here’s a link to all of them with the opening times and entrance fees!
This is your chance to adopt a medieval neighborhood in Tuscany and help preserve ancient traditions! As I mentioned in my blog a week or so ago, my friend Isabella Dusi and the folks of the Pianello Quartiere in Monalcino need our help. Your contribution can result in some great rewards for the community and for yourself as well!Would you like to hold a ‘Brunello’ dinner party with 8 friends…we’ll supply the Brunello! What about 7 nights in Tuscany? Why not Renew your Vows or choose between a superb new Cook Book, a famous Limited Edition ‘Sputnik in Paradise’ poster, bestselling novels, a gorgeous apron, polo or sweatshirt? Would you like hand sketches, watercolor cards, T shirts or a sleeved pictorial book? How about cooking lessons, having a garden named after you, or a couple of hours on our archery range?Quartiere Pianello is a neighborhood of non-profit volunteers in Montalcino. We offer you sensational rewards for helping us mend our Renaissance costumes, replace a loved but bashed about 3 Wheeler Ape, renew an old stove, save a magical garden from concrete and restore Mannerist art in our church. Join our team, become an Honorary Member of our Quartiere, and help preserve traditions and a precious way of life. Check out your rewards for donating and help us make a difference in this village in Tuscany.
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