Leonardo’s Accidental Masterpiece: The Last Supper in Historical Context

August 14, 2017  • Society of Fellows

Virtually everyone can recognize The Last Supper. However, the historical circumstances of its creation—who commissioned it, why it was commissioned, and how, and even where, it was painted—are much less well-known. This illustrated lecture will put the painting in the context of its times, revealing how Leonardo tells the biblical story of The Last Supper through a series of fascinating historical details.