Matteo di Giovanni’s 'Assumption of the Virgin' is one of the greatest surviving Sienese paintings of the Renaissance. Remarkably, it was discovered in the wood store of the Augustinian monastery of Sant'Agostino at Asciano, near Siena, in the 19th century.
Join Conservator Britta New and Scientist Nelly von Aderkas as they discuss the challenges of cleaning the altarpiece:
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Britta New and Nelly von Aderkas discuss the cleaning of a Renaissance altarpiece that was hidden in an Italian wood store for many years.
The cleaning of Matteo di Giovanni's 'Assumption of the Virgin' is a collaboration across departments at the National Gallery.
With thanks to Britta New and Kendall Francis of the Conservation Department, and Nelly von Aderkas and Helen Howard of the Scientific Department.
About the altarpiece
Read about the research into the altarpiece and its reconstruction in the article, Reconstructing the Renaissance: Matteo di Giovanni’s lost altarpiece for Sant’Agostino, Asciano (2013)