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"The Adoration of the Magi" by Leonardo da Vinci returns to the Uffizi Gallery after restoration

The unfinished masterpiece of the great Leonardo's brush comes back to Florence after 6 years of restoration work and will be shown at a special exhibition along with another outstanding painting. After da Vinci left the city without completing the work for the monks, the order was given to another worthy master, Botticelli's teacher ...Work of more than two square meters, made on wooden panels, is surprising in its composition and is the only one of its kind among the remaining works of da Vinci. The picture has earned a reputation as "one of the most mysterious works of Leonardo", and discussions about the restoration of the work have not abated for many years.Adoration of the MagiLeonardo da Vinci1481, 246 × 243 cm. Restoration of any of the works of da Vinci is considered “failure” in advance: the opinions of experts always drastically diverge, so without particularly weighty reasons, the wizard does not disturb. However, in the case of the painting “The Adoration of the Magi”, the need for restoration work was evident due to problems with the basis of the painting — the blackboard.
Since November 2011, this large-scale work has been in the hands of specialists from the Institute of Restoration Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Venice), who also investigated its paint layer. As a result, the restorers carefully cleaned the picture from the traces of previous restorations and restoration work, thanks to which the figures became more clearly visible, the picture looks brighter. Until the denial of the version put forward in 2002 that a picture was later attempted to be added by another master, was not made public, the work began to break down without varnish.
Apparently, hopes of finding the traces of the DNA of the Italian genius did not materialize either, otherwise sensational news would have spread all over the world. Recall, "Project Leonardo" implies the search for particles (skin scales, fingerprints, da Vinci hair), it began with the analysis of the painting "The Adoration of the Magi." Experts examined each square centimeter of work under an electron microscope. The project employs specialists in various fields, from genetics to microbiology, to several countries. Perhaps, the specialists' hopes are related to the results of another study published in April 2016 - 43 indirect descendants of Leonardo were identified. Read also: The Louvre presented a restored da Vinci masterpiece From March 28, 2017, a special exhibition in the Uffizi Gallery devoted to the painting: “Magic Space Leonardo: Adoration of the Magi, restoration ”(Leonardo da Vinci's Magic Cosmos: the Adoration of the Magi Restored). Next to the unfinished work of a genius is the famous painting by Filippo Lippi with the same name and plot, also kept in the museumThe Endeavor of the MagiFrap Filippo Lippi1496, 200 × 219 cmFra Filippo Lippi is a Florentine artist and “voluptuary monk”, teacher Botticelli and owner of one of the most adventurous biographies among the masters of the early Renaissance. Our separate material is dedicated to it. The Adoration of the Magi work was ordered by Leonardo da Vinci to the Augustinian monks of the monastery of San Donato in Skopeto, near Florence, in 1481. However, the master went to Milan a year later, leaving the work unfinished (the picture later fell into the hands of the ruling Medici family who founded the Uffizi private museum a century later).
... Leonardo did not return everything, so the monks again decided to order the embodiment of this plot, entrusting the work to another artist - Philip Lippi. At the exhibition in Florence, the exposition will not only reveal the details of the restoration, but also demonstrate changes in the historical context and trends in art that have occurred in a dozen or so years - the time between creating two works. The exhibition runs from March 17 to September 24, 2017. According to theartnewspaper, artnet

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