|In 1987, Andy Warhol’s final opus, The Last Supper, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous masterpiece, made its debut in Milan. To mark the thirtieth anniversary, the Museo del Novecento is proud to present one of its key works: the monumental painting Sixty Last Suppers. From March 24 to May 18, the painting will be installed in the renowned Sala Fontana in front of Duomo and Palazzo Reale. With the full support of Claudio Salsi, Superintendent of Castello Sforzesco and Director of Museo del Novecento, this presentation foreshadows the much-anticipated project for 2019, “Milan and the Legacy of Leonardo 1519-2019,” which will celebrate 500 years since Leonardo’s death.
||Warhol approached The Last Supper through mediations of the original, rather than the original itself. These included tchotchkes and images produced for popular consumption, as well as a black-and-white photograph of a widely circulated nineteenth-century engraving, and a schematic outline drawing that he found in a 1913 Cyclopedia of Painters and Painting. From this he generated close to 100 variations on the theme – silkscreen paintings, prints, and works on paper – attesting to a deep engagement with the impactful spiritual masterpiece.