One of Italy’s leading art restorers, Pinin Bracilon, has been working on the restoration of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” since 1981. Inch by inch the restoration has removed the dust of centuries as well as paint added by previous restorers; both of which had considerably darkened the original.

The restoration is still less than half completed. Unfortunately, the public will now be prohibited from viewing the world famous masterpiece for an indefinite period. The closure of the viewing area became necessary, according to the authorities, because dust and germs carried into the refectory were hampering the restoration effort.