Maurizio Galimberti. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”

Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala, Milan

21 November 2019 - 12 January 2020

Exhibition curated by Denis Curti


Milan, 20 November 2019 - From 21 November to 12 January, the Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala, the Intesa Sanpaolo museum complex in Milan, is hosting a special project by Maurizio Galimberti. This portrait-photographer with thirty years of experience in the field is known as an “instant artist” for his use of a Polaroid and his extraordinary skill in “photographic mosaics”, which he has used to photograph famous faces from the worlds of cinema, art and culture.

The exhibition, curated by Denis Curti, is dedicated to Leonardo’s masterpiece and marks the 500th anniversary of the Tuscan genius’ death, as well as the 180th anniversary of the invention of photography.

Michele Coppola, Michele Coppola, Executive Director of Art, Culture and Historical Heritage of Intesa Sanpaolo, said: “The presentation of Maurizio Galimberti’s Last Supper confirms the commitment of the Intesa Sanpaolo Progetto Cultura project to the field of photography and the Bank’s active participation in major cultural events in Italy, such as the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. As part of the strategy of a museum that continually changes and innovates, the Sala delle Colonne in our Gallerie d’Italia museum venue is becoming increasingly recognised as an area with ‘multiple identities’, open to different forms of contemporary art”.

Maurizio Galimberti reveals his personal interpretation of the mural painting with a series of instant photos that he took over a period of many months. The shots presented in the exhibition are the result of a photographic study on a life-size replica of the work, 8.90 x 1.40m, provided by the Scala Archives in Florence and printed on a plotter. For Galimberti, reproducing the work was a necessity because his photographic technique involves placing the camera equipment in direct view of the portrait subject, which would be impossible with a mural painting as delicate as the ‘Last Supper’.

The photographer used an Instant Camera 600, a Spectra and a Fuji Instax Square SQ 20, along with a Giant Camera - a huge view camera, of which there are very few in the world - to create a map of the mural painting and transform it into images that are imbued with his expressive touch and artistic sensibility.

The instant artist Maurizio Galimberti has established himself in both Italian and international art worlds thanks to his ability to create new worlds by breaking down, manipulating and reassembling reality. In this case too, he has put together a work that transforms reality - with a duplication of the apostles and a breaking down of Christ’s body - fully respecting the original work, without veering towards a sacrilegious interpretation.

The initiative forms part of the anniversary programme “Leonardo 500” organised by the Municipality of Milan.

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Exhibition “Maurizio Galimberti. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper””

21 November 2019 - 12 January 2020

Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala, Piazza della Scala 6, Milan


Opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am - 7.30pm (last entry at 6.30pm)

Thursday 9.30am - 10.30pm (last entry at 9.30pm)

Monday: closed


Ticket cost: full-price 10 euro (includes entrance to the Canova|Thorvaldsen exhibition and the permanent collection); reduced price 8 euro, special price 5 euro.

Free admission for: pass holders, school groups, under 18s, and all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.



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