Madonna Gets a 10-Year Facelift

Italian lab restores Raphael's landmark painting with cutting edge techniques
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2008 5:53 PM CDT
Raphael "Madonna and the Goldfinch" will return next month to Italy's Uffizi Gallery.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – After a 10-year facelift, an Italian Renaissance landmark is finally ready for its unveiling. Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch underwent extensive renovations that included CAT scans and X-rays, Reuters reports. A Florentine lab removed coverings by early restorers who saved the work, which was smashed in a house collapse more than 460 years ago. "We will celebrate it like the return of our prodigal daughter," said a gallery official.
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