On the occasion of the celebration of the 5th centenary of Leonardo da Vinci's death at the Château du Clos Lucé on 2 May 1519, the tapestry of the Last Supper based on Leonardo da Vinci's famous fresco will be presented for the first time outside the Vatican and Italian Museums. This exceptional exhibition, organized with the curatorial services of Pietro C. Marani and in partnership with the Vatican Museums, is presented at Le Clos Lucé from June 6 to September 8, 2019.
For the first time since the 16th century, the tapestry of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper – “Ultima Cena”, commissioned by Francis I, is on display outside the Vatican Museums. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the exhibition at Château du Clos Lucé highlights this monumental masterpiece. The tapestry was woven for Louise of Savoy and her son, the future Francis I, before 1514. In 1533, Francis I offered it to Pope Clement VII on the occasion of the marriage of his son Henry II and the Pope’s niece, Catherine de Medici. It takes up the theme of the Last Supper and bears witness to the admiration of the Kings of France for Leonardo da Vinci and his fresco created in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
This monumental work – 4.90m high and 9.15m long – is currently being restored with the support of the Château du Clos Lucé. The exhibition will feature some thirty works on loan from various museums or from the Château du Clos Lucé collection.