INTRODUCTION: In Italy, fascinating details, hidden for centuries, are being revealed by the restoration of Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' The masterpiece, painted between the years of 1495 and 1497, attracts thousands of tourists each year to the Milan church where it adorns the walls.
GV Leonardo Da Vinci fresco in Milan Cathedral PAN TO people looking at painting.
SV PAN Detail of painting.
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Detail of painting, face on painting. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO GV PAN TO Restores on scaffold by painting.
CU PAN Food and utensils on painting.
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Woman in painting.
SV ZOOM IN TO Man's face earmarked by restorers with white crayon.
GV ZOOM TO SV Christ seated at centre of table.
GV PAN Restorers working on painting.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Italy, fascinating details, hidden for centuries, are being revealed by the restoration of Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' The masterpiece, painted between the years of 1495 and 1497, attracts thousands of tourists each year to the Milan church where it adorns the walls. Until restoration work began recently, no one knew how much of the painting was lost from view by the ravages of time -- now future generations of art lovers will see the work as the artist intended.
The fresco was facing destruction before the painstaking restoration work began, 18 months ago. After mould, damp stains and crusts of primitive restoration work were removed -- sensational discoveries came to light, including fresh brushwork of Dan Vinci.
The clean-up has brought out new character in the faces of the Apostles.
So far, only a third of the painting has been restored, and although the original colours look dim, the experts agree it's a work of exceptional brightness.
The newly-revealed details show the remains of fish and slices of orange on the plates of Christ and the Apostles.
More treasures are expected to be found, with only a quarter of the painting cleaned so far. Work started on the right-hand side has also revealed background tapestries thought to have been doors and windows.
The Last Supper, held by Christ, became the symbol of the christian eucharist sacrament, or Holy Communion. Leonardo Da Vinci's immortalisation is now being revealed in all its glory.