BBC Reports on Massive Restoration for Acid Damaged Old Master Painting

May 25th, 2016

Repairing the work, via BBCThe BBC reports on the 10-year restoration process for Sebastiano del Piombo’s The Adoration of the Shepherds, an ambitious undertaking that sought to repair the damage caused by the removal of the work from its original surface using acid.  Conservators have been repairing acid damage and removing added layers of paint to the work before attempting to return the work to its original form. “We were delving down to discover if we could uncover the original and, knowing there was damage, whether we could reconstruct those so we could hang the painting as a painting, rather than as an archaeological fragment,” says Rupert Featherstone of The Hamilton Kerr Institute, which worked to repair the piece at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

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