Last suppers in Florence
The world most famous Last Supper is undoubtedly the one in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan by Leonardo da Vinci.
Florence does not have Leonardo, but it is not second to anyone in terms of beautiful last suppers.
As the name implies, cenacolo (cena in Italian = supper) was the dining room of the monastery. So it was the place where the foreigners and important personalities were welcomed.
This is why it needed a solemn look: its decoration showed the wealth of the monastery.
At the beginning it was decorated with scenes of the crucifixion, but slowly, since 1300, the most important theme became the last supper. It became so fashionable that the crucifixion slowly completely disappeared.
Even the architectonical appearance changed over the centuries.
In the 14th century the ceiling was with decorated wood, in the 15th century it became coffered or vaulted and the Last Supper fresco was always put opposite to the entrance and finally in the 16th century the frescoes were replaced by large painted panels.
I’d like to list the most important Florentine last suppers.
- Santa Croce Last Supper (1340)
- Santa Apollonia Last Supper (1450)
- Ognissanti Last Supper (1480)
- San Marco Last Supper (1482)
- Fuligno Last Supper (1495)
- San Salvi Last Supper (1519-27)
Many of these Last Suppers have free admission. Please ask for assistance at Hotel Kursaal & Ausonia.