‘Mona Lisa’ style restoration for priceless Kraków painting

A painting that was almost lost forever before art experts stepped in with state of the art conservation treatment previously used only on the Mona Lisa is on display at Wawel castle from today.

Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Christ Blessing the Children first arrived at in Kraków in 1928. It was stolen by occupying Nazis during the second world war, but returned to Wawel in 1968. The Renaissance painting is one of very few of Cranach’s works in Polish exhibitions, and looked destined to fall to ruin until recent years. It only survived because of modern restoration techniques.

It will be exhibited at Wawel, along with background information about the restoration process and the picture’s history, until February 5 2013.


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