Adoration of Leonardo: Major restoration reveals artist’s genius

  • Arts
  • Monday, 29 Sep 2014

Ongoing restoration work on Leonardo Da Vinci’s unfinished masterpiece Adoration of the Magi reveals the artist’s genius, layer by layer.

If there is any mind an art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor whose genius epitomised the brilliance of the Renaissance.

That was the unique opportunity restorers in Florence have relished as they clean the Adoration of the Magi, a massive painting that Leonardo started in 1481 at the age of 29 but abandoned a year later, leaving it in various stages of conception and development.

The painting on wood, measuring about 2.5m by 2.5m, depicts the three wise men who paid tribute to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem, but also includes a riot of human figures, battling horses, architectural designs, landscapes and skies.

Restored:The Adoration of the Magi (above), a massive painting that Leonardo da Vinci started in 1481 at the age of 29 but abandoned a year later, is unveiled in its restored form in Florence, Italy. Below, a detail of the Madonna and infant Jesus from the painting. – Reuters

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