The restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's famous cartoon The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist, vandalized by a shotgun blast, and the cleaning of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes have recently focused attention on the painstaking process of conserving works of art. The "detective" work, scientific research, and technical experimentation involved in conservation sometimes yield surprising results: a different composition may be discovered underneath the visible surface of a painting, or the ...

The Art of the Conservator 1992, Smithsonian Books (DC), Washington, DC

ISBN-13: 9781560982296