Leonardo, Luini, Bramante

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014 –TRIO-LD-BNL-BRM-ABC
LEONARDO, LUINI & BRAMANTE (3 hours)
 
Trio is a very flexibile tour divided into three segments (ABC). Each part of the tour of the duration of 1 hour is dedicated to a different artist of the Italian Renaissance featured in Milan.
You can choose just the Last Supper and S. Maria delle Grazie (TRIO-LD-BNL-BRM-A)  for a total duration of 60 minutes. You will meet your guide at piazzale Cadorna, by the Needle & Thread Monument, and reach together the Last Supper Museum next to the beautiful cloister church of S. Maria delle Grazie. This quite impressive building was upgraded in the late 1490’s by architect Donato Bramante from Urbino to celebrate Duke Ludovico il Moro who envisaged it as his family’s grandiose mausoleum. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper masterpiece, inside the former dining hall of the Dominican community will complete the first part of the tour.
 
If you truly enjoy Renaissance Art and you would love to learn more about Leonardo’s heritage in Milan do not miss a visit to the ex convent Church of San Maurizio (TRIO-LD-BNL-BRM-AB) where Lombard artists of the highest calibre and the most appraised follower of Leonardo da Vinci, Bernardino Luini, worked side by side in the early decades of the 16th century.  This quite nondescript church is preciously covered from floor to ceiling with stunning frescoes of unparalleled beauty.
 
The third segment of the tour is definitely must for those who enjoy discovering the marvels of 15th architecture... A visit to the ancient Carolingian basilica of Santa Maria presso San Satiro (TRIO-LD-BNL-BRM-ABC), a tiny little gem church off via Torino, close to the Cathedral, where the famous architect Donato Bramante, lacking the space to create a real semicurved apse very ingeniously indeed faked one! His trompe l’oeil dating back to  the late 15th century is so deceiving that it looks real.  But San Satiro is not only the highest expression of Renaissance in Milan but also the most precious shrine of early Medieval  art of the 9th century.