Vatican sends newly 'restored' Madonna delle Partorienti to Turin

May 13 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Vatican Museums have sent Antoniazzo Romano's highly revered Madonna delle Partorienti to a special exhibition in the Torino Musei Foundation. This fragment of fresco, produced during the late fifteenth century, was removed from the wall in 1574 during the construction of the new St Peter's. By 1605 the work was then reinstalled in a special grotto chapel located underneath the floor of the basilica.

The museum has also taken the opportunity to 'restore' the work especially for the exhibition. Here's an image of what it looked like previously:


Does any reader happen to know if unfavourable comments relating to Vatican conservation work results in automatic excommunication?

Update - Here are some high-resolution images showing the new work a little more clearly.

Update 2 - Several readers have sent in correspondence explaining that criticism does in fact result in an automatic excommunication.

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