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Have you ever wondered what the Gallery looks like empty of visitors?

Join Larry Keith, Head of Conservation and Keeper, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gallery and Conservation Studio during lockdown, and preview some of the paintings undergoing restoration: 

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Conservation studio work during lockdown

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Find out more about some of the treatments discussed in the video: 

'A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning' by Peter Paul Rubens:

  1. See the painting being cleaned
  2. Learn about the structural repair of the panel
  3. Read about 'Het Steen's' reunion with its pendant, 'The Rainbow Landscape'.

'The Sacrifice of Isaac' by Piazzetta:

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Sharing knowledge with international colleagues
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