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If you look closely toward the bottom of Leonardo's il Cenacolo, you will see the top of the archway of the opening, as it is today. Leonardo's  original mural was a mural, the entire wall, painted top to bottom. This photograph was taken, during a visit to the Santa Maria delle Grazie, and is why you can see the doorway really well. Many reproductions of this famous painting, cuts as much of that off as they can.



il Cenacolo  • Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) The Refectory in the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy is the home of Leonardo's il Cenacolo,  the majestic wall mural widely known as The Last Supper. When the Germans invaded Italy, during WWII, they took over the the Church and used it as their head quarters, turning two of the rooms into a command post. To go from one part of the command post to another, they would have to exit the room, and go down a long hallway to get to the room next to it. This irritated the Germans, wasted valuable time, so they knocked a hole in the wall to the adjoining rooms, creating a short cut, right through DaVinci's, il Cenacolo!

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November's Work of Art: 


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The monument is often referred to as The “Sleeping Lion” or “Dying Lion.” In either case the Lion of Lucerne's expression of anguish is unmistakable as it lies with final breaths, upon symbols of the French monarchy atop the Latin inscription “To the loyalty and courage of the Swiss.”

 

The Lion of Lucerne • Lucerne, Switzerland

The Lion of Lucerne is the most widely known of Swiss Monuments. Around 1820 the design by visionary Bertel Thorvaldsen was hewn into the rock by sculptor Lukas Ahorn. The monument was to commemorate Swiss Guardsmen who lost their lives defending French King Louis XVI, the Royal Family and Palace during the French Revolution in 1792.

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