Arts: To Preserve

In London the Royal Academy made an important announcement. It has appointed a distinguished committee of artists and scientific experts "to investigate the very perplexing problem of cleaning old masterpieces." For a long time restoring and cleaning has been a matter of the greatest secrecy and not infrequently a matter of disaster. The Academy hopes to make it an international study, thus protecting museums and private owners of the treasures of the past. Whereas the Louvre has been overcautious, for years allowing varnish to darken her priceless paintings, Germany and Holland have...

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