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Cenacolo del Foligno Review

This delightful Last Supper, executed sometime in the 1470s, has been variously attributed to Perugino or to one of his followers. Its placement, at the end of a long room—the former refectory for a group of nuns—is simply breathtaking; because the white walls are otherwise unadorned, the fresco packs quite a visual punch. In the middle of the lunette in the upper center, Christ appears in the Garden of Gethsemane with the sleeping apostles. The delicate brush strokes of the leaves in the trees are exquisite. Judas, as is typical of so many representations of the Last Supper, is shown seated at the other side of the table, quite apart from the other 11 apostles. Note how the artist has carefully labeled each apostle except for Judas. The tondi surrounding the fresco show portraits of prominent Franciscans such as St. Anthony of Padua, Francis of Assisi, St. Bernardino of Siena, and St. Louis of Toulouse.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Via Faenza 42, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 50123 | Map It
  • Phone: 055/286982
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Mon., Tues., and Sat. 9–noon
  • Location: Santa Maria Novella
Updated: 12-04-2013

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