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What we discovered beneath the frame

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Watch how Restorer Jill Dunkerton and Conservator Britta New remove a 19th-century frame from 'Adoration of the Kings' by Botticelli and Filippino, and investigate what had been lying beneath it. 

To see Jill carry out the next stage of restoration, watch Part Two of 'Behind the scenes in Conservation', coming out in March 2021. 

Watch other episodes in the series:

Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part two
Watch Jill Dunkerton as she retouches a Renaissance masterpiece
Restoring Botticelli's 'Adoration of the Kings': Part three
How can we identify Botticelli's hand from that of his assistant, Filippino Lippi's?
Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting
Kristina Mandy shows the steps involved in restoring a painting that is over 750-years-old
The Gallery during lockdown
Peek behind our closed doors, with Larry Keith
Cleaning Rubens's 'Het Steen'
Find out what Larry Keith discovered when he removed 75 years’ worth of discoloured varnish from Rubens’s 'Het Steen'
A structural repair of Rubens's 'Het Steen'
How will Britta New meet the challenge of repairing Rubens's fragile panel which has survived centuries' worth of restorations and one very severe frost?
Retouching Rubens's 'Het Steen'
After months of restoration, Larry Keith unveils the newly retouched 'Het Steen' in the Conservation Studio
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