Andy Warhol

Galleria Refettorio delle Stelline

“The Last Supper,” 1986, a series of silkscreened canvases, is Andy Warhol’s last work. It is also the most complex work that he produced in the years after his celebrated silkscreen prints of famous personalities. This time the subject is a famous painting, perhaps the most famous of all: Leonardo da Vinci’s portrayal of the goodbye supper of Christ and his Apostles, The Last Supper, 1495–98, in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie here in Milan. It is ironic that the exhibition of Warhol’s variations on this farewell scene opened just a few days before his death.

Warhol’s “Last Supper” is consistent with his other work in this medium, especially in the choice of an iconic subject that is immediately recognizable and that is very much in the public eye. (The Italian press has focused much attention recently on the restoration of Leonardo’s Last Supper, which is being undertaken for the

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