The greatly deteriorated mural of The Last Supper (above) in the monastery of Santa delle Grazie Milan remains in it's original location. The organizers of the exhibition had displayed a sixteenth century copy by Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli known as Giampietrino. The copy, faithful to Leonardo's design and free from damage, allowed the viewer to imagine the majesty of the original and the excitement that it generated when it was first unveiled. All of the surviving drawings connected to the work were on display in room 7, they provided an insight into the artist's working methods.
My time at this exhibition certainly improved my understanding of Leonardo's methodical working technique. I had purchased the Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Catalogue for the bargain price of £15 (was £25) it is packed with comprehensive details of the artists works, his methods, history of the paintings along with the work of his pupils and followers. This 319 page book is lavishly illustrated with all of the paintings and drawings displayed at the exhibition, a must for all Leonardo lovers (if you can still get your hands on one). I also bought a print of The Lady with an Ermine, I just could not resist a copy of this excellent painting.
Overall the National Gallery has excelled itself in it's presentation and organisation of this fantastic event. The pain of the long queue has faded but, for an art nut like myself, the memory of the masterpieces on display will last forever. (Have a look at the video)