Florentine Last Suppers

Florentine Last Suppers, Florence, Italy (B)

When someone mentions the Last Supper, you probably think of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. But da Vinci wasn’t the only one to paint this Biblical scene – nor was he the first. In Florence you can find quite a selection of Last Suppers if you know where to look.

The tradition of painting Biblical scenes is a long one and Last Suppers were always a part of that. But in the 1300s this supper scene became a popular one in convents and monasteries in Florence. It would be painted on the end wall of the long refectories where the monks or nuns gathered to eat. So as they thoughtfully munched their meal, they could look up and see Jesus and his disciples eating right alongside them.

In Italian a Last Supper painting is known as a cenacolo (pronounced something like: chain a colo) and the plural is cenacoli (like: chain a colee). It’s also sometimes referred to as the ultima cena.

Whatever you call them, these wonderful works of art are worth a look. Since they were painted in convents and monasteries, some of them were unknown to the public for hundreds of years. Other than the two in large churches (Santa Croce and San Marco), they are off the beaten tourist track. That means that you’ll probably be able to experience these paintings without the crowds – sometime just on your own. It’s a lovely little treasure hunt. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Florentine Last Suppers
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Margo Lestz
Read it on Author's Website: https://curiousrambler.com/florentine-last-suppers/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Santa Croce
  • San Marco
  • Sant’Apollonia
  • Ognissanti Church
  • San Marco museum
  • Fuligno Museum
  • San Lorenzo market
  • Santa Croce Museum
  • Santa Maria del Carmine
  • Officina di Santa Maria Novella
  • Santa Maria Novella Museum

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