AHST 1304 Notes - 09.27.11 Madonna of the Rocks Last Supper...

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09.27.11 Madonna of the Rocks Last Supper - Milan Monastery in refectory: place where monks eat - Long history of the Last Suppers in refectories o Usually high on the wall so monks look up - Most restored of all Last Suppers-possibly of all paintings o Cleaned it to go back to original state of color and objects of artist hand 18 th cent restorers thought okay to add paint and clean w/ weird stuff like red wine Now we believe not to ever add paint - Leonardo didn’t use fresco: scientist tried to experiment o B/c not true fresco it flaked even in his time Oil, varnish o Took him 2.5 years t paint it Liked to work slowly: would come to refectory and contemplate and go back home. Didn’t even work on some days - Soon after monks saw it was in bad shape they placed a tapestry over it trapping moisture under it growing bacteria and made the flaking worse
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- Later the refectory was turned into a horse stable and a door was cut through it - Reason why it’s so special: o Other Last Suppers before it was easy to spot where Judas is; usually separated from the others. Everyone’s usually seen wearing a halo, while Judas is not. o
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course AHST 1304 taught by Professor Goode during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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AHST 1304 Notes - 09.27.11 Madonna of the Rocks Last Supper...

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