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.
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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