Nelli’s 21-foot long canvas is the most ambitious subject she ever painted. Images of the Last Supper were reserved for confident, accomplished artists. Featuring thirteen figures, Nelli chose to depict the moment Christ reveals his betrayal, a dramatic and emotional moment that she handles deftly.
Despite success during her lifetime, Nelli was all but lost to obscurity until the American non-profit Advancing Women Artists (AWA) devoted themselves to her cause. AWA focuses on restoring the artworks and reputations of female artists in Tuscany's museums, churches and storage facilities. The rediscovery of Plautilla Nelli’s life story and art has been a central part of their work. The restoration of the Last Supper began over four years ago with a world-wide fundraising effort and has culminated in the full restoration of work, its return to public display, and a book covering the process, Visible: Plautilla Nelli and her Last Supper Restored (Florentine Press).