1/31/20 Paintings of "The Last Supper" go back to the 1300's and perhaps the most famous by Leonardo Da Vinci. In an era where paintings of this caliber were mostly done by men it's particularly meaningful that this artwork by a woman, is being restored and recognized. Historically during this time, women were not allowed to pursue art, go to school or study anatomy. Getting married and having children was their place unless they joined a convent. There was some liberation in that path as women could learn to read, paint and experience other activities. Plautilla became a nun at 14 and was a self-taught artist. In her time at the convent she establish painting workshops for her fellows with many of the artworks being purchased by Florentine nobility which ultimately gifted them with financial stability. The 4 year restoration of this painting is as poignant as it's signature, which reads: “Sister Plautilla – Pray for the Paintress.” Perhaps her call to all the unrecognized women artists of her time. The restoration was done by women and largely supported by efforts of the organization AWA - Advancing Women Artists. AWA is a non-profit that is "committed to identifying and restoring art works by women in Tuscany's museums, churches and storage facilities."