Friday, December 30, 2011

500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci Messed Up after restoration by 'overzealous' British, claim the French

[ via Mail Online ] 30 Dec

Even in the painstaking world of art conservation, there can have been few more delicate tasks - The £160million Virgin And Child With Saint Anne by Leonard da Vinci was in need of a clean-up.
The Vinci masterpiece before (L) and after (R) the cleanup
But an attempt to restore the 500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece has descended into an unseemly row, with two British art experts accused of being too zealous. Concerns have been expressed that the painting has been over-cleaned, leaving it garishly brighter than Leonardo intended.

British conservation experts Luke Syson and Larry Keith were reportedly the most insistent members of the 20-strong international committee which advised the painting’s owners, the Louvre, to carry out the cleaning process. While the programme of restoring The Virgin And Child With Saint Anne is not yet complete, two senior French art historians have already resigned from their positions on the advisory committee.

Read more:Mail Online

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