Art: Restored Masterpiece

In Milan's Santa Maria delle Grazie refectory last week, a crotchety oldster scraped with a surgeon's knife at one of the world's greatest paintings and muttered in annoyance as the tourists clustered around. To the spectators, his knife-wielding seemed the final indignity to the remains of Leonardo da Vinci's famed Last Supper, sorely damaged by 400 years of weather and bungling restorers. Professor Mauro Pelliccioli, 65, knows better. Next month Italy's No. 1 art restorer will finish up his work on the 15th century masterpiece, and one government official has already pronounced it "the greatest undertaking ever accomplished in the art...

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