Sometimes the true quality of a painting is masked by dirt, discoloured varnish, or old retouchings. Or sometimes a work by a significant artist is ignored simply because it stands apart from the rest of their practice.
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries showcases masterpieces which have been recovered and restored to their original glory.
The paintings explored in these case studies represent some of the Gallery’s greatest triumphs:
The Madonna of the Pinks
Find out about the techniques used to re-establish the authenticity of a lost Raphael
Two versions of this frozen landscape are known – which is the original?
The Virgin and Child
What amazing surprise was awaiting restorers of this tiny painting?
The Rape of Europa
Find out how a prized canvas by Veronese was rediscovered under layers of dark varnish
Saint George and the Dragon
How did scientific examination eliminate doubts about this painting's authenticity?
Saint Francis of Assisi with Angels
Discover how a forgotten Botticelli was brought to light by a new restoration