The First of the Last

The Museum of Santa Maria Novella is drawing some much needed attention to women artists with the restoration and display of Plautilla Nelli’s “Last Supper.” One of the first paintings of the famous biblical scene painted by a woman.


Painted about 70 years after Da Vinci’s famous work, Melli’s version is being displayed to the public for the first time around 450 years after it was painted.

The charity, Advancing Women Artists funded the restoration of the 7m long painting and believes there’s hundreds more similar works by women painters.