December 13, 2012

saint agatha

The Blanton museum has an exhibit on the restoration of works in the Suida-Manning collection - this is Saint Agatha by Francesco de Rosa, circa 1630-1656. It was painted on wood cut at a bad angle and later placed in a "cradle" to help with expansion and contraction, which apparently made things worse. I'd be scared to touch a nearly 400-year-old painting - conservators must have nerves of steel. Great, great exhibit. (h/t dangerousmeta!)

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