Essay on The Dirty Renaissance

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The Dirty Renaissance

The Renaissance period is one in the art world that is held just short of the second coming. This “reawakening” is characterized by a renewed interest in human-centered classical art, literature, and learning. Many famous artists and thus pieces of artwork came out of this period, which are still studied by students of art and by professional artists. Famous pieces suck as the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and the Sistine Chapel were created in this period of art. It is easy to study these pieces of artwork by simply reading about them in textbooks, or looking at pictures of them on the internet. However, what has happened to the actual original pieces of artwork that the artists created? It would seem that
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Soon after the creation of the piece, it was considered ruined and so damaged that the figures in the piece could not actually be recognized anymore. The first attempt to restore The Last Supper came in 1726 by Michelangelo Bellotti. Bellotti filled in missing sections of the piece with oil paint and varnished the entire piece. This attempt, not being successful, was followed by many more attempts. In 1821 Stefano Barezzi, an expert in removing whole frescoes from their walls intact, was called in to remove the painting to a safer location. Barezzi did not know that the painting was not actually a fresco and badly damaged the center section of the piece. He attempted to reattach the damaged sections with glue, but was not successful. After this event, a lot of examining and studying was done on the paintings’ structure so that in future attempts the painting would not be damaged. Many more artists attempted to clean the piece, although they were not successful. During World War II the piece was further damaged as a bomb struck the refectory and the piece was damaged by the vibrations.
The final restoration attempt came in the year 1978 by Pinin Brambilla Barcilon. He embarked on a major restoration project in which he tried to alleviate Da Vinci's painting, and reverse the damage caused by dirt, pollution, and the ill-advised 18th restoration attempts that preceded his project. It was not practical to actually move the painting to a more controlled
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