A daunting task!

Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper

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It is the only known Last Supper painted by an early woman artist. Florence is the city that has the longest tradition of paintings of last supper in the world. After restoration, Plautilla Nelli’s most notable work, a seven-meter long, oil-on-canvas, painting of the Last Supper will be hosted in the Santa Maria Novella Museum in Florence. When the restoration is complete, it will be mounted on the wall across from Alessandro Allori’s painting on the same theme. The two artists were contemporaries. The work was painted in the 1560s. It represents a daring creative endeavor for a female artist of her period, as most were relegated to producing miniatures or purely decorative art. By authoring and signing this enormous fresco-style work depicting Florence’s best-loved spiritual theme, Nelli successfully placed herself among the ranks of her male counterparts, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Andrea del Sarto and Domenico Ghirlandaio—all of whom painted Last Suppers to prove their prowess as art professionals.