16th-century painting by Renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari that was
badly damaged in a 1966 flood in Florence was unveiled to the public
Friday after years of painstaking restoration.
Vasari created "The Last Supper" for a convent of cloistered nuns. Because the nuns eschewed contact with men, and because the work was large — 6.6 meters by 2.6 meters (21 ½ feet by 8 1/2 feet) — Vasari painted it in his studio on five wood panels that could be easily transported and recomposed in the convent.