Last Supper, a seminal work by the Florentine Renaissance painter and art historian Giorgio Vasari, hangs in its original home of the cénacle at Santa Croce in Florence once again, following a 12-year restoration. On 4 November 1966, floodwater and mud engulfed the masterpiece, relegating it to near oblivion, after which the painting sat in storage for 50 years
The extraordinary project was made possible through a combination of art historical study, restoration expertise and technological development, backed by patrons for who social and cultural corporate responsibilty are essential to business: the Prada Group, the Getty Foundation and Protezione Civile. 'That which appeared shrouded in darkness forever, has returned to light and colour,' says Irene Sanesi, president of Opera di Santa Croce
A detail from Vasari's Last Supper
Last Supper prior to restoration. Considered almost impossible to recover after the damage it suffered during the 1966 Flood of Florence, the painting was stored away in a Soprintendenza warehouse for decades. 'We are therefore proud to have helped to return this extremely significant work to its original location and to make it accessible to the public, who can once again admire it in all its beauty,' says Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the Prada Group
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