Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Releases Image of Completed Vermeer Restoration

Art restoration is one of these processes that might as well be controlled, patient magic and we are totally here for it. Especially when it means the world gets to see a restored Vermeer Cupid. From Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister via The Art Newspaper:

Since 2017, this early masterpiece by Vermeer has been undergoing restoration following careful scientific investigation. Recent research has shown that the extensive area of overpainting in the background was not done by Vermeer himself. Removal of this overpainting has revealed a depiction of a standing Cupid (god of love) as a “painting within the painting” on the rear wall of the room, thus radically changing the overall appearance of the work. The spectacular result of the restoration will give viewers a different perspective on the painting.

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