Film charts restoration of masterpiece

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Published: Monday 12th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Visitors to a Hull gallery can now watch a film about how one of its masterpieces is being restored.

Pietro Lorenzetti’s 14th-century classic Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter was bought for the Ferens Art Gallery last year for an estimated £1.6 million, according to the BBC.

Now people exploring Queen Victoria Square’s popular art house can have their appetites whetted for its anticipated spring arrival and learn the story behind the painting’s facelift.

London’s National Gallery is undertaking the remedial work for free as part of its mission to support local galleries. The film outlines the intricate procedures needed to study and clean the fragile painting’s dirty surface layers.

Observers say the results are “remarkable”. Larry Keith, the National Gallery’s head conservator, and his workmates in its scientific section, talk about the work needed behind the scenes in the movie.

Terry Geraghty, a Hull city councillor with special responsibilities for culture, said the team’s “painstaking” work has produced “exceptional” results over the last one and a half years.

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Published: Monday 12th January 2015 by The News Editor

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