Eataly is committed to preserving the masterpieces that make Italian culture so beloved by populations all over the world: hand-formed cheeses, artisanal dried pasta, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci...
Eataly is Italian. Celebrating our Italian identity means sharing our love of Italian food, wine, language, heritage, lifestyle ― and art! The ultimate Italian masterpiece, The Last Supper is unrivaled across the world in its artistry and significance.
And it’s disappearing.
THE FRAGILITY OF THE LAST SUPPER
As he was wont to do, da Vinci used an experimental technique when painting The Last Supper on a convent's stone wall 500 years ago, rendering it incredibly delicate. Despite numerous restoration attempts, the painting continues to deteriorate due to exposure to humidity and dust.
As a result, the artistic treasure can only be visited by 400,000 people each year, as Italian author Alessandro Baricco explains below.
SAVING AN ITALIAN MASTERPIECE
Enter: a cutting-edge air-filtration system!
On April 19, Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti announced in an international press conference that we are partnering with the Italian government to sponsor a game-changing installation. Italy's Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism has designed an air-filtration system in collaboration with top Italian research institutes to filter in cool, clean air into the convent every day (10,000 cubic meters compared to today's 3,500!).
This will keep the space cool, dry, and fresh, breathing five centuries of life into The Last Supper and allowing many more visitors to admire it. The installation will be completed by 2019, which marks the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.
A SUPPER YOU CAN'T MISS
At Eataly, we are thrilled to help save this important artwork for future generations of Italians, Americans, and world citizens — including you!
Tickets book up quickly, so we suggest you visit the Italian tickets website to plan your full-immersion trip to Milano, complete with the viewing of The Last Supper — and paired with an Eatalian dinner at Eataly Milano Smeraldo, of course!
Eataly: saving suppers since 2007.