DMA conservation studio finishes Baroque masterpiece

Posted on 11 Mar 2015 at 8:06am

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Last November, I wrote about Mark Leonard, the chief conservationist at the Dallas Museum of Art responsible for overseeing the painstaking restoration of pieces in the DMA’s collection. In the piece — which you can read and look at here — I photographed Leonard working on Zeus and Semele, a dramatic and florid painting by Jacques Blanchard (sometimes know as “the French Titian” for his intense colors and use of form). At the time, I noted that the process had been going on for six months and still want not complete.

Until now. Yesterday, the DMA unveiled the finished restoration, and if you want a sense for what task Leonard had in front of him, merely take a look at the before and after photos to see the emergence of the original beauty. Crazy.

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