Was a 500-year-old Da Vinci Painting “Overcleaned”?

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Leonardo da Vinci

We’re always interested in Da Vinci-related news and any developments in the important practice of keeping art alive (no matter what form it takes) — so this one definitely got our attention! The Guardian has reported that controversy has arisen over the restoration of a Da Vinci painting.

The 500-year-old Virgin And Child With Saint Anne — with a reported value of £160 million — may or may not have been “overcleaned.” The international advisory committee tasked for the restoration is reportedly divided on the matter, and two of its senior members have resigned (One of whom is “totally irreplaceable as a technical adviser.”) The concern lies with the solvents being used. Some believe the painting is now brighter than Da Vinci intended while others on the committee are “happy with the work.”

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