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Technology Helps Restore Raphael Masterpiece

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« on: October 28, 2008, 03:29:23 pm »


"I wonder if he is satisfied. I hope so. Perhaps he'll send me a message from the beyond, maybe an SMS," she said.

Next month, the painting goes on display in Florence's Palazzo Medici in an exhibition on the restoration. Then it will return to its long-time home in room 26 of the Uffizi Gallery.

"We will celebrate it like the return of our prodigal daughter," said Antonio Natali, the head of the Uffizi.

While Riitano was the main restorer, the massive undertaking was a multi-disciplinary team effort involving about 50 people, including wood specialists and photography technicians.

Wood experts decided that large nails holding together parts of the painting should stay because removing them would do more harm than good and small, deteriorating nails should go.

"It was a very long process. We had to decide if to remove, what to remove, when to remove," said Riitano.

Ciatti, the head of the paintings department, said that, as rewarding at the project was, the real joy was sharing innovative techniques and scientific discoveries.

"We are also a research and teaching center. Every restoration, whether the artist was a giant or not, is part of a greater effort to help future restorers. We publish everything we do," he said.

(Editing by Andrew Dobbie)
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