The Easel

After the Great Flood of Florence

When Florence was flooded in 1966, Vasari’s Last Supper was one of thousands of paintings damaged. Considered at the time a lesser work its restoration was put at the end of the queue. Just as well – it has taken 40 years for the requisite technology to arrive. A workshop official said “This is probably the only place where you can expect a miracle”. The painting, now re-hung, features in this excellent video (8 min).

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