Earlier this week, the Spanish pensioner Cecilia Gimenez stunned the art world with her beautiful restoration of a 19th-century fresco of Jesus Christ, having carried out the work on her own initiative after observing the deterioration of the piece in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Borja, near Zaragoza.
As you can see from this before-and-after representation, it truly is a marvellous piece of work, and it should come as no surprise to hear that it caught the eyes of the Catholic authorities in the Vatican, prompting them to invite Gimenez to assist in the restoration of the Church's vast collection of priceless sacred art.
Aware that time is of the essence in averting the deterioration of historic works, the Vatican despatched Gimenez to the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where she was instructed to begin restoring one of the most important pieces of all: Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. As you can see below, Gimenez's unique talents have ensured that future generations will have the opportunity to admire Da Vinci's masterpiece.
(I found this via a friend on Facebook, who had no idea of the original source, so unfortunately I have no one to credit. But if anyone does know who did this, let me know so I can credit them for their sterling work.)
Friday, 24 August 2012
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