Santa Maria delle Grazie and DaVinci's The Last Supper ........................ Architecture Around the World
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace") is
a church and Dominican convent in Milan, included in the UNESCO World
Heritage sites list. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory (room for communal meals) of the convent.
|The complex, including the Church and Convent, was built from 1463 onwards by Guiniforte Solari, and was afterwards considerably modified at the end of 15th century by Bramante, one of the masters of the Renaissance.
Bramante structurally enlarged the church and added large semi-circular
apses, a wonderful drum-shaped dome surrounded by columns, and a
spectacular cloister and refectory.
Renaissance style exterior ... Built 1463-69 ... Guiniforte Solari, architect ... Duke of Milan Francesco I Sforza ordered the project
Lantern ... Arcade
"Laus Deo" = Praise be to God ... Bead-and-reel molding near top ... Egg-and-dart molding over the frieze
Cloister - a covered walk in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other
Roman Corinthian capital and partial shaft
Mostly Gothic interior
Romanesque rounded arches ... Gothic pointed arches ... Groin vault