Google’s New Gigapixel Technology Reveals Detail ‘Like Never Before’ of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”

Through the use of Gigapixel digital camera technology, people can now get an up-close look at Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper.”

Millions have traveled to Milan, Italy, to see the beloved painting which depicts Christ and His disciples at the Last Supper, which has been slowly deteriorating for years. The Last Supper is housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

According to the U.K. Times, a Gigapixel camera from Google enables viewers to zoom in closer than ever before to see images of the world’s greatest works of art. An “art camera” team from the tech giant spent hours making high-resolution images of the most highly regarded early copy of the famous painting, which was completed in 1498.

The copy of the original painting began fading within years of completion because Da Vinci used an experimental technique instead of the traditional fresco.

“Google Arts & Culture has spent the past year there creating Gigapixel images of 20 of its most renowned artworks including ‘The Last Supper,’ which is thought to have been created by Giampietrino or Boltraffio, who were pupils of Leonardo,” the U.K. Times reported.

Now completed, viewers can see the smallest of details that are hard to see in the copies of the painting or have been lost from the original.

“You can really zoom into the finest level of detail like never before,” said Luisella Mazza, head of global operations at Google Arts and Culture.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter