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In this episode, Conservator Britta New, reveals some of the alterations that have been made to the composition of this painting since it was created nearly 400 years ago. 

Using non-invasive imaging techniques, including XRF scanning, today, we can see the changes Rubens himself made to the composition and size of his picture, as well as the effects of more recent conservation treatment. Britta tells us how, armed with this new information, she was able to work on a painting that has so much history wrapped up in its panels and paint. 

Funding for the conservation of Peter Paul Rubens's 'The Judgement of Paris' (1577 - 1640) was generously provided through a grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

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