A joint venture by Olivetti, Polaroid, and Queen Elizabeth II is not something one could have anticipated, but when the object of attention is Leonardo’s Last Supper, the cooperation is not difficult to understand. That painting is so undeniably an elemental rock of culture that even those observers who might otherwise suspect self-interest in a project of this sort are likely to accept the homage as sincere. The result, at any rate, could be seen recently at the National Gallery of Art in an exhibition entitled “Leonardo’s Last Supper: Before and After,” which features photographs of the recent restoration of the Last Supper and Leonardo’s preparatory sketches for the painting.[1]

Olivetti was the first to become involved in the project, by financing the current work being done on the painting: Behind its...

 
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