Warhol’s The Last Supper project was a commission by the renowned gallerist Alexandre Iolas in 1984, in response to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. As with most subjects, Warhol approached The Last Supper through mediations of the original, rather than the original itself. He used a commercial reproduction of Da Vinci’s famous mural painting to create more than 60 silkscreens, paintings, and works on paper. The seeming irreverence for the distinctions between the sacred and the profane, high art and commercial design reflects Warhol’s inevitable transformation of a deeply religious work into a cliché whose profound message has become muted through repetition. For the 30th anniversary of the death of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), part of the cycle is temporarily back in Milan and on display. Find out more about the Andy Warhol exhibition from the Museo del Novecento’s website.
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