After 450 Years in Storage, a Female Renaissance Master’s ‘Last Supper’ Is Finally Unveiled in Florence

Oct 19, 2019 403

BY: Kate Brown

A large-scale painting of the Last Supper by the female Renaissance artist Plautilla Nelli has been hung on permanent display in Florence. The work’s powerful subject matter and expertise execution are finally being highlighted in an art-historical canon dominated by men.

Nelli’s Last Supper had languished in storage before it was pulled out four years ago to undergo restoration, funded with private money and crowdsourcing. The fruits of the conservation effort were revealed today as the 21-foot painting went on permanent display at the Santa Maria Novella Museum refectory in Florence. It stands opposite The Last Supper by Alessandro Allori, a male contemporary of Nelli.

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