Leonardo Painting a Little Too Clean for Some French Experts

Bullet Shih Jan, 2012 0
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Two of the Louvre’s top two conservation experts, Ségolène Bergeon Langle and Jean-Pierre Cuzin have resigned from the Louvre’s international advisory committee overseeing  the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Virgin and Child With St Anne claiming that the cleaning process goes too far by erasing a final layer of original glaze applied by Leonardo.  The disagreement essentially pitted the French conservators Cuzin and Langle against the English faction of the 20 member committee.  Larry Keith and Luke Syson, the two specialists from the National Gallery in London favored a stronger cleaning with brighter hues, something that opponents argued may remove some of Leonardo’s intended sfumato or smokiness. Dalya Alberge writes in the Guardian,

Michael Daley, director of ArtWatch UK, the restoration watchdog that has repeatedly criticised the National Gallery for its “overzealous” cleaning of paintings, said of the resignations: “Implicitly, this is a vote of no confidence in the National Gallery cleaning policy because the most pro-active members of the [Louvre] committee have been the advisers from the National Gallery.”

Leonardo da vinci virgin and child with st anne

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