This Is How Eataly Is Saving One of the World’s Most Famous Paintings
The Last Supper — one of the world’s most recognizable paintings — is in serious danger of falling apart. The Da Vinci classic is not in good shape thanks to centuries of humidity, wartime bombs, and a brief stint in prison, and if it continues down its current path, the fifteenth-century mural could disintegrate altogether sooner than you’d think. But don’t despair, because help is coming, albeit from an unusual source: Eataly.
That’s right: The mega Italian market partially owned by Mario Batali with locations in numerous cities worldwide (and more on the way), has sponsored a revolutionary new air filtration device that will preserve the artwork for another 500 years or more, according to Art News.
“To save this important piece of Italian heritage, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism designed an air-filtration system in collaboration with top Italian research institutes (ISCR, CNR, Polytechnic Institute of Milan, and the University of Milano Bicocca),” Art News reported. “The cutting-edge system will filter in approximately 10,000 cubic meters of clean air into the convent every day (compared to the current 3,500 cubic meters), breathing five centuries of life into The Last Supper and allowing many more visitors to admire it.”