Art: Air-Conditioned Frame

For months, Italy's art experts had debated how to preserve Da Vinci's masterpiece, the Last Supper, which Allied bombings exposed to the weather after it had already faded and blistered through the years (TIME, Dec. 9). Last week, an Italian Government Advisory Commission came up with a tricky solution: they would build an air-conditioned frame around it.

The mural itself will serve as the back wall of a new airtight chamber, to be kept at about 64°. The front wall will be a sheet of glass 46 feet high, for visitors to peer through.

Some experts think that building an air-conditioned frame...

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