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History of Commissioned Art

Famous Artworks that were Commissioned

The Last Supper

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous paintings in history. Lesser known, this piece was commissioned around 1495 by Leonardo’s patron, Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. Painted in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, it was originally commissioned for a renovation of the church.​

The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus was painted by Sandro Botticelli, likely in the mid-1480s.

While it’s not entirely clear, many believe it was commissioned by the Medici family. The famous depiction is similar to a description from the poem, the Stanze per la giostra by Angelo Poliziano.

St Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala

This painting was a commissioned work by Raja Ravi Varma to Dr.MI Phillip for his Kumarakom Hospital. The subject of this painting is the Bishop of Parumala, Kerala of whom, Dr.Philip was a believer. This artwork is currently adorning Attamangalam Church, Kumarakom, Kerala.

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