Could one ever imagine a similar campaign taking place in the U.S.?

  
In an article in the September 28, 2021 issue of The New York Times about the unveiling of the newly restored Pieta by Michelangelo in the Opera del Duomo Museum in Florence (“A Michelangelo Restored at Last” ), along with discussing what the analysis of the marble revealed and detailing what was removed from the surface of the sculpture during the cleaning of the marble, Elisabetta Povoledo mentions that this sculpture was not among the 600 sculptures in the museum’s collection conserved prior to its reopening in 2015 and quotes its Director, Msgr Timothy Vendon, saying about that conservation campaign, “We basically engaged every reputable restorer in central Italy for a period of two years to do this blitzkrieg on the dirt on our statues”.  Could one ever imagine a similar campaign taking place in the U.S.?    #conservationinthenews
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