When Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper in the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, he couldn’t have known that it would become one of the most frequently referenced and reimagined images in the history of art. In the last 500 years, thousands of Last Suppers have entered the world, with variations that include plaster ghosts in the Nevada desert and Jesus and his disciples eating guinea pig.
The Last Supper Museum in Douglas, Arizona, is the world’s largest collection of Last Supper-inspired pieces of art. Every medium is represented, including coal, mother of pearl, volcanic ash, gourd, among many others. Paintings and sculptures from all over the world presenting over 50 countries, located in a 113-year-old building.
The museum was founded by Eric Braverman. He started collecting Last Supper artwork at a young age, and eventually learned about an Indiana museum with a collection of about 2,000 items inspired by the da Vinci painting. When the owner passed away a few years ago, Braverman acquired his collection and brought it to Arizona, where he opened a museum of his own.
Know Before You Go
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The Last Supper Museum is caddy corner from the Historic Gadsden Hotel. There are other attractions to enjoy in Douglas and walking into Agua Prieta, Senora Mexico just a few blocks away. No passport needed, just simple I.D.