Monday, January 25, 2016

Louvre to Start Restoring Another Leonardo Painting

By Dorren Carvajal

ITALY---The Louvre is preparing to start the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Saint John the Baptist,” a 16th-century work that has darkened over the years. The restoration is scheduled to begin later this month despite past criticism that earlier makeovers of two other paintings by Leonardo overly brightened them. Two experts on a French scientific commission resigned during the two-year restoration of “The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne” in 2012 because of concerns. [link]

St. John the Baptist was painted by Leonardo da Vinci during 1513 to 1516, when the High Renaissance was metamorphosing into Mannerism, it is believed to be his last painting.