The exhibition focuses on two extraordinary works conserved in the Vatican Museums: Leonardo's tapestry of the Last Supper (to which Leonardo himself was perhaps no stranger in his French years) and the canopy of Clement VII, designed by the main students and collaborators by Raphael.
From the sixteenth century for four centuries the two tapestries were the protagonists of some of the main sacred ceremonies that took place at the papal court on the occasion of Easter, in particular the Coena Domini and the washing of the feet, celebrations taken up by all the Catholic courts, including that Savoy. A fascinating story set in the Vatican palace, in St. Peter's Basilica and in the European courts that reaches up to the present day.
The exhibition is organized with the important participation of the Vatican Museums. It also makes use of the precious help of the Palazzo del Quirinale, the Royal Museums of Turin and the Museum of Rome.
It fits into the thematic vein of the European Courts, which has always been one of the cultural lines of the Palace and its Study Centre.
Edited by Alessandra Rodolfo and Andrea Merlotti