From 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, free entry with a reservation

San Donato (Milano), 23 February 2012 - Eni is sponsoring a special opening of the Cenacolo, on Friday 24 February and Friday 30 March, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. On these two special evenings, the lights of the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where Leonardo painted the Last Supper, will remain lit and it will be possible to admire the masterpiece, which draws visitors from around the world.

Entry is free (with prior reservation by calling +39 02.928.00360 Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 6:30pm) in keeping with the exceptional and generous spirit with which Eni’s six-legged dog supports the arts and culture. Eni’s commitment to the arts is reiterated with the Leonardo exhibition, following the success of the Georges de La Tour event at the Palazzo Marino (which received 210,000 visitors) and the 2009 exhibition of San Giovanni Battista’s paintings (on loan from the Louvre) at the Comune di Milano.

In keeping with Enrico Mattei’s principles, culture has always been an important way for Eni, as a large energy company, to connect with the social and cultural fabric of the countries in which it operates. The company believes that  the main goal of every project it undertakes should be supporting the development of the specific region, and is convinced that facilitating access to culture promotes the development of individuals in society.
For this reason, all Eni-sponsored cultural events are distinguished by the quality of their content and the variety of languages and learning tools employed; they are always designed with an eye towards raising viewer awareness, across all age groups.  
In a period in which cultural funding is decreasing, at the same time as demand for culture increases, Eni’s commitment is to facilitate access to and awareness of the arts, theatre, music, and cinema.

Leonardo was commissioned to paint the Last Supper by Ludovico Maria Sforza (called “il Moro‘), and worked on it from 1494-97. Painting directly onto the wall, the artist did not employ the traditional, durable fresco technique of the day which required applying colour quickly to wet plaster; instead, he experimented with an innovative method which allowed him to work on dry plaster, and therefore be able to keep revisiting and refining the work down to the last detail. Leonardo’s experiment was not entirely successful, and for a combination of reasons, the painting unfortunately began to deteriorate. As a consequence, over time there have been many restoration works carried out in order  to save the masterpiece. In 1999, after more than 20 years of work, the most recent conservation effort concluded. Thanks to the removal of many layers of overpainting, it has brought back to light what remained of the original. However, the unstable condition of the painting means the museum must observe strict visiting rules which limit entry to 30 people every 15 minutes.


Friday, 24 February 2012
Friday, 20 March 2012
Free entry compliments of ENI
From 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Reservations required. Call: 02.928.00360
(Call centre hours are Mondays-Saturdays from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm)

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