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Taster talk: The Last Supper


  • 10 October 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 7 November 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 28 November 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
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Attributed to Giampietrino (fl. 1508-1549) and Attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (1467 - 1516), The Last Supper (detail), ca. 1515-1520.

Purchased from H. Fraville in 23 June 1821.

Oil on canvas. 3020 mm x 7850 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

Drop in for a free 15-minute talk to unearth the hidden stories of the Royal Academy.

Dating from no later than 1520, this full-sized copy of The Last Supper was painted by one or more of Leonardo’s pupils. It is first recorded in a Carthusian Monastery in Pavia in the late 1500s, and shows many details that have disappeared from Leonardo’s original fresco. It was bought by the Royal Academy in 1821 for the huge sum of 600 guineas to inspire the students in the Royal Academy Schools.

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s remarkable Collection and buildings from the RA staff’s insider perspective. Taster talks take place at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Taster talks are free and last 15 minutes. Ask a member of the team on site for further information.

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  • 10 October 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 7 November 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 28 November 2019, 2 — 2.15pm

The Collection Gallery, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required.