MET Conservation Reveals Background

September 14 2020

Image of MET Conservation Reveals Background

Picture: MET

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have shared another fabulous set of images from a recent conservation project on their Instagram Account. The image on the left is a religious painting ascribed to the fourteenth century Master of Vyšší Brod, which appeared at Cortot, Dijon, 2019. An x-ray image suggested that the blue stary background was in fact a nineteenth century addition to the picture, and that something else was lurking underneath. The painstaking work of removing the overpaint with a scalpel was begun. Conservators at the museum eventually reveal the remarkable and original architectural setting for the scene. What a transformation!

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