New Google technology offers up-close look at Da Vinci's The Last Supper

Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper," the iconic painting showing Jesus Christ surrounded by his disciples before His crucifixion.Reuters

New technology from Google is making it possible for people to enjoy an up-close look at The Last Supper from the comfort of their armchair. 

The Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece is housed in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy, but thanks to Gigapixel digital camera technology, people won't have to travel there in person to get a birdseye view of the painting, The Times reports. 

High resolution images of an early copy of the 15th century painting have been produced by a "camera art" team that make it possible for people to zoom in and see the artwork in unprecedented detail. 

It is one way of preserving the detail of the copy, which has been fading over the last half millennium because Da Vinci painted it using an experimental technique. 

"You can really zoom into the finest level of detail like never before," said Luisella Mazza, head of global operations at Google Arts and Culture.

"It makes the invisible visible."

The camera technology uses laser and sonar to capture minute details and create a billion pixel image.  Some of the features of the artwork that been brought to life are the finger of Thomas and Judas Iscariot holding a money bag. 

Mazza added: "You can see brushstrokes, cracks in the painting. In real life it would be very hard to get close to the artwork for security reasons and even if you could get close enough, how long could you really stand in front of an artwork to examine all these fascinating details."