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We found crabs and dragon scales that had been hidden for centuries.
In this episode, Laura Llewellyn, Associate Curator (Renaissance Painting) meets Conservator Kristina Mandy and Senior Scientists, Helen Howard and David Peggie, to hear about the discoveries they made about Margarito d’Arezzo’s Virgin and Child Enthroned during its restoration. Laura then joins the Art Handling team to see the painting go back on display on the Gallery wall.
About the painting
This is the oldest picture in our collection. It shows the Virgin Mary, seated on a throne with the Christ Child on her lap, within a 'mandorla' (an almond-shaped enclosure). Around them are eight scenes of the lives of various saints; two show Saint John the Evangelist and two show Saint Nicholas.