Da Vinci’s masterpieces ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Last Supper’ in Senegal

At the exhibition held in Senegal on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, the artist’s world-famous 17 masterpieces met with art lovers with a special lighting and digital painting technique.

Organized by the Italian Embassy in Dakar and the Italian Cultural Center, the “Opera Omnia Leonardo” exhibition awaits its visitors at the Museum of Black Civilizations (MCN) in the capital Dakar.

Dakar was the last stop of the exhibition, which started in January 2019 to mark the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death and traveled to 15 countries from China to Ethiopia.

17 works, including the “Mona Lisa” exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the “Last Supper” exhibited at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Monastery in Milan, are revived in one-to-one size and colors with a special lighting and digital painting technique. found.


Ousseynou Wade, the curator of the exhibition in Dakar, said in a statement that they were delighted to be able to exhibit Da Vinci’s works in different cities of the world side by side for the first time, albeit digitally.

Wade stated that the digital technique used offers a different experience to the visitors, “Thanks to this digital painting and lighting, visitors will feel like they are looking at the original of the work in Milan when they look at the Last Supper painting.”

Retired finance expert Mamadou Gueye, one of the visitors of the exhibition, said that he was lucky to be able to visit the Mona Lisa in Dakar years later, which he saw at the Louvre Museum when he was a student in Paris.

Gueye said, “It is not different from what I saw in the Louvre. I feel like looking at the original Mona Lisa. All the details are reflected exactly”.

Opera Omnia Leonardo exhibition can be visited until February 28th.

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