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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.

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A sky of 500-year-old fingerprints

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Cleaning Constable's 'The Hay Wain'

Paul Ackroyd reveals some of 'The Hay Wain's' hidden details which have been brought to life through cleaning
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Cleaning Reynolds' 'Captain Robert Orme'

Hayley Tomlinson reveals why paintings by Reynolds are notoriously difficult to clean
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Behind the scenes in Conservation

Displaying 'The Red Boy'

Follow the newly-cleaned 'Red Boy's' journey from the Conservation Studio to the Gallery walls
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Behind the scenes in Conservation

A first look at 'The Red Boy'

Paul Ackroyd introduces Lawrence's 'Red Boy' – a work so popular it was the first-ever painting to feature on a British postage stamp
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Restoring Piero della Francesca's 'Nativity'

Caroline Campbell and Jill Dunkerton discuss the conservation of Piero della Francesca's miraculous Christmas scene
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Cleaning 150-year-old varnish from a Frans Hals portrait

Paul Ackroyd cleans a portrait that has not been restored since 1876
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Behind the scenes in Conservation

Cleaning the 'lost altarpiece'

Britta New and Nelly von Aderkas discuss the cleaning of a Renaissance altarpiece that was hidden in an Italian wood store for many years
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Behind the scenes in Conservation

The unfashionable artist who inspired Van Gogh

Kristina Mandy discusses Adolphe Monticelli, an artist admired in his lifetime, who inspired Van Gogh's famous 'Sunflowers', but who later fell out of fashion
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Restoring an 'undisplayable' painting: Part two

Kendall Francis and Larry Keith discuss the restoration of a work with a 'snowstorm' of painting loss
Restoring an 'undisplayable' painting: Part one

Restoring an 'undisplayable' painting: Part one

Larry Keith reveals an exciting discovery about Piazzetta's unfinished work, 'The Sacrifice of Isaac', and explains the plan for the painting's restoration
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Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part one

Jill Dunkerton and Britta New find out what was hiding beneath a frame for nearly two centuries
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Behind the scenes in Conservation

Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part two

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Behind the scenes in Conservation

Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part three

Jill Dunkerton and Marta Melchiorre ask, how can we identify Botticelli's hand from that of his assistant, Filippino Lippi's?
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