Renaissance masterpiece's 10-year repair
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Fitzwilliam Museum: 10-year repair of Renaissance masterpiece

A Renaissance masterpiece has been returned to a complete painting for the first time in centuries following a 10-year restoration.

The Adoration of the Shepherds by 16th Century Italian artist Sebastiano del Piombo was removed from a wooden panel with acid in the 1700s and then painted over.

Conservators at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum worked to repair the damage.

It is due to be displayed at the museum for the first time later this year.

This video highlights details of the restoration, showing how sections of the painting changed during the work.

  • 17 May 2016