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In 1463, a captain in Francesco Sforza's army, Gaspare Vimercati, donated a plot of land to the Domenican order. On the site was a chapel adorned with a fresco of the Virgin, the so-called Madonna delle Grazie. The monks commissioned Guiniforte Solari to build a church and monastery on the plot, and ground was broken on September 10, 1463. The church that Solari built between 1466 and 1490 is a typical example of the transition stage between Gothic and Renaissance, as can be seen in the Lombard style gabled facade decorated with pilaster strips and pierced by a single opening below and several niches above. Only the gabled portal belongs to the period when the Renaissance architect Bramante was involved in the work.
Leonardo's "Last Supper"
Leonardo da Vinci spent eighteen years in Milano, at the court of Ludovico il Moro. He started work on the fresco in 1496 when he recived a commission from Ludovico who, after having enlarged the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, decided to enlarge and decorate the Refectory (Dining Hall) of the adjacent Dominican monastery.
Do not miss to see it when visiting this church!

Address: Corso Magenta
Directions: from Piazza Castello and Piazzale L.Cadorna to Via Carducci and then thied on the right side
Phone: 02 467 6111
Website: http://www.grazieop.it

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2011
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