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The Last Supper Ingot by Fritz Weiland (Franklin Mint, 1977)


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Large ingot in frame. Issued in both bronze and silver. The bronze has little or no value. "I was always amazed by Da Vinci's overwhelming achievement in creating "The Last Supper," Fritz Weiland says, "and I knew the painting was gradually disappearing from the wall. I decided it would be a good thing to create "The Last Supper" in metal, to make it permanent so it would never be lost to us. This interpretation of "The Last Supper" was first conceived 50 years ago by the brilliant artists and engraver Fritz Weiland, and protected and preserved throughout a career of achievement. He retired in 1975, at the age of 75, as master engraver of The Franklin Mint. This is the first issue of this work of art.

Weiland worked from a reproduction of "The Last Supper" that was unclear because of the original work done by Leonardo in the 15th century was faded. So he engraved what he thought Leonardo would have wanted. Weiland engraved the work directly into steel, in reverse, creating in one hand-operation the dies from which the finished ingot was struck. It was struck in relieve, then antiqued to bring out the beauty of the work. Each ingot is issued custom mounted in a hardwood frame.

The surface area of the ingot is more than 7.5 square inches. The reverse of the ingot bears Fritz Weiland's signature, etched into the ingot, to certify the authenticity of the work.

Issued in 1977.

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