Restoration of the Madonna del Parto
The beautiful Madonna del Parto (Madonna of Childbirth), 1521, the masterpiece of Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570), has been restored to its original glory with the help of bacteria!
The bacteria, which was grown in a lab, devoured the many substances, which, over the centuries, had greatly discoloured the marble.
The sculpture is to be found in the Roman church of Sant' Agostino.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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