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ART CONSERVATION: THE COST OF SAVING GREAT WORKS OF ART

Oleh   CAITLIN O'RIORDAN [-]
Kontributor / Dosen Pembimbing : -
Jenis Koleksi : Jurnal elektronik
Penerbit : Lain-lain
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Subjek : Arts & recreation
Kata Kunci : art, conservation
Sumber : NATIONAL Gallery (Great Britain); Museums
Staf Input/Edit : Noor Pujiati.,S.Sos   Ena Sukmana
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Tanggal Input : 2018-12-26 14:06:04

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In 2015, a Taiwanese boy became an Internet sensation when he t ripped, punching a hole through a seventeenth century painting valued a t $1.5 million. 1 The private owner of the Paolo Porpora carried an insurance pol icy on the painting, and conservationists have already begun restorations. 2 This story made headlines because one small misstep permanently ruined a g reat work of art. However, the art world faces another, quieter misstep that could be inflicting greater damage on pieces of art: restoring them. Whe n the boy punched a hole in the painting, the global community was shocke d. However, it is hardly common knowledge that the Louvre’s director of res toration recently resigned after a restor ation of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne removed a portion of da Vinci’s original paint and permanently altered the features of the Virgin’s face. 3 Even after ruining one da Vinci painting, the Louvre proceeded with plans to restore a nother da Vinci masterpiece—his painting of John the Baptist. 4 One art history expert publicly condemned the restoration as unnecessary and called the recent phenomenon of restoring da Vinci’s great works as a “contagious mania.” 5