Notes on the restoration work
Leo X and the other 16th century paintings
The collaboration between public and private means has again given excellent results. Gruppo VéGé in fact financed the restoration work for the four 16th century masterpieces now on show in the Uffizi until June 5th. These paintings - oils on wood - all had various problems though the most difficult question to resolve was how to repair the damage caused by previous restoration and cleaning. This damage was considerable if one thinks that, between the 18th and 19th centuries, one of the methods used for cleaning a painting consisted in covering it in oil, setting fire to it and immediately suffocating the flames with a wet cloth. This was done to dissolve the dirt and, though it certainly worked it also removed large flakes of colour in the process.
The restoration of the Madonna and Child with the young St. John by Pontormo, carried out by Rossella Lari, has given new life and light to the colours of the painting, ruined by an earlier drastic cleaning.Muriel Vervat worked for a year on the Allegory by Battista del Dosso's friend from Friuli.
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