"The Last Supper" seemed to many to be a miraculous work of art because its revolutionary combination of realism, dramatic power and attention to detail was unlike anything before. By casting light on the historical context of the work, King has enabled us to see the painting anew.
It was considered the greatest architectural puzzle of its age. Many said it couldn't be done. The dome for Santa Maria del Fiore, the new cathedral in Florence, would not only be the widest dome ever built, it would also be the highest.