Installation view of Leonardo’s Last Supper: A Vision By Peter Greenaway at Park Avenue Armory
This isn’t Greenway’s (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) first installation; he’s worked on Rembrandt’s 1642 Nightwatch, Veronese’s 1563 Wedding at Cana and has future plans for Picasso’s 1937 Guernica.
To build the installation, the painting was ‘cloned’ from the walls of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where it is on show with restricted viewing because of its fragile condition. A high-resolution scan was made to record the photographic data at 800 dpi and then, after colour-matching, the work was printed on a replica of the original surface. Greenaway then altered the digitized data to animate the painting in incredible detail, adding to the painting’s light sources to create shadow and depth.
Watch the beautiful preview here.