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In this episode, Restorer Britta New discusses the conservation treatment of Quinten Massys's 'The Ugly Duchess', revealing discoveries made during the process, and the painting's connection to sketches by Leonardo da Vinci and John Tenniel's illustrations for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.'

The painting – one of the best known in the National Gallery – is the focus of our free exhibition, 'The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance,' which invites visitors to look afresh at this familiar face. 

The Ugly Duchess
Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance
16 March - 11 June 2023
This free exhibition looked afresh at one of the best-known faces in the Gallery
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