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Taj Mahal

Demolish or restore discoloured Taj Mahal, India's Supreme Court tells government

White marble monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, is turning yellow due to pollution and insect dung

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Conservation

Relic of first-century pope found in a rubbish tip is donated to Westminster Cathedral

Rubbish collectors found the bone fragment of Clement I in London

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Conservation

Aleppo's reconstruction 'deserves international resources'

Aga Khan Trust for Culture calls for condemnation of destruction to be reinforced by help on the ground

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Bayeux Tapestry

Entente cordiale: governments sign deal securing loan of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022

Cross-channel collaboration involves translating, conserving and digitalising the historic embroidery

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Conservation

Huge disparity in estimates to repair vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Ilya Repin’s masterpiece in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery was struck with a metal pole in May

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Conservation

What colour is this dress? Guggenheim reveals Manet painting after three years of restoration

New York museum has removed varnish and overpainting to let the artist’s brushstrokes “sing”

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Conservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Conservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

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Conservation

Britain's Post-Modern architecture receives protected heritage status

From a private residence inspired by the cosmos to a commercial building with curves: Historic England adds 17 "PoMo" buildings to register

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Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

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Conservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Conservation

The amazing technicolour Chippendale: museum injects colour back into 18th-century work

Show at Leeds City Museum is one of this year's many events commemorating the tercentenary of the furniture maker’s birth

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Disasters & destruction

Can the Glasgow School of Art be saved after second fire?

Anger as focus turns to cause of blaze that ripped through Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece

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Conservation

Eight World Monuments Fund watchlist sites get $1m in grants from American Express

In many cases, the funding will be used to help prevent future damage, including public outreach and scientific research

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Conservation

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

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Conservation

Why using lasers to clean feathers is not a bird-brained idea

Conservators have used the method on a ceremonial cape made by the Tupinambá—a cannibalistic tribe from Brazil

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Conservation

New research reveals secrets beneath the surface of Picasso paintings

Discoveries about two Blue Period works in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection have inspired an upcoming exhibition

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Google and the World Monuments Fund highlight Iraqi heritage under threat

Using drone footage, 3D models and videos, the tech giant is working with cultural institutions to make preservation efforts accessible to a larger public

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Conservation

British Museum positions itself as a European expert on Korean art with major conservation project

It is the first Western institution to launch a long-term project to study and conserve pictorial art from the country

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Conservation

How do you conserve time-based media? Museums invest in research to keep up with new technologies

Symposium on the subject to open at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts

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Conservation

Damaged art undergoes intensive care in Berlin’s Bode Museum

The institution is using funds from a private foundation to restore works scarred by war

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Prizes

Wanted: nominations for World Monuments Fund’s Modernism prize

The biennial award was established to help preserve Modern architecture

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Conservation

Army helicopter paint used to restore outdoor sculptures

US Army research on the use of matte black on helicopter blades is aiding conservators working on outdoor sculptures

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Controversies

Paris mayor wants to turn city into ‘refuge’ for works in conflict zones

Anne Hidalgo’s plan, which has drawn fire, involves storing items threatened by conflict in buildings owned by the city authority

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Conservation

Reconstruction of quake-damaged church to be led by former head of Vatican Museums

Antonio Paolucci to oversee restoration of Italy's Basilica of St Benedict

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Conservation

From Monet to Van Gogh: Factum Arte re-creates lost masterpieces for Sky Arts TV series

New show tells the stories behind seven great works that have disappeared and the creation of digital facsimiles

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Conservation

Caucasus government plans to beef up heritage laws to protect Medieval towers

The Russian republic of Ingushetia is hoping that improved conservation will lead to Unesco status

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Conservation

One of Pope’s favourite paintings is looking refreshed after restoration

Icon’s first major intervention since 1931 brings back original colours

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Billionaire François Pinault gives €3m for refurbishment of Victor Hugo’s Guernsey home

Hauteville House revamp includes overhaul of furniture and facades overseen by the Les Misérables creator

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Conservation

The Met resurrects Italian Old Master’s Entombment

Museum’s restoration lifts “grey veil” from final commission by the Renaissance artist Moretto da Brescia

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Conservation

‘Historic’ agreement resolves dispute over Chauvet cave (and replica)

Explorers will be paid for image rights and receive share of entrance fees

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Conservation

Fresco that never was will be digitally realised

Charles Le Brun project at Vaux-le-Vicomte, halted by a financial scandal at Louis XIV’s court, will be completed with video projection

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Museums

Then & Now: "Modern art is destroying itself," warned our first issue

Museums have since devoted sizeable resources

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Conservation

How much of conservators’ work should be visible and how much should be hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Leonardo’s $450m Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions

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Conservation

How refugees are conserving Iraq and Syria's extraordinary monumental heritage

Opening mega museums is not the only way to exercise soft power in the region

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

A day in the life of… a Tefaf vetter

Maastricht is famous for its tough vetting procedures, but what is it really like to be on the fair’s expert team?

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Conservation

Mauritshuis shines a light on its famous Vermeer

A team of international specialists are studying Girl with a Pearl Earring for two weeks straight

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Conservation

Bayeux Tapestry to be conserved in London?

The British Museum has the space and facilities to restore the embroidery, which is returning to England for first time in 940 years

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Conservation

Where petroleum exploration meets art

Researchers use terahertz scanning to understand artist’s methods

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Conservation

Pastels: the 18th century’s answer to Photoshop

Getty show explores the versatility of the medium

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Conservation

Urgent action needed to save Russia’s wooden architecture

Grassroots activists are leading a campaign to preserve the country’s unique, but sadly neglected, built heritage

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Conservation

Egyptian ibis mummy holds clues to crooks behind ancient clothing caper

Scroll hidden in animal mummy may lead to the discovery of more old texts

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Conservation

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant to conserve contemporary works 'that challenge the structure of the museum'

The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will concentrate on time-based media, digital and performance art

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Conservation

Hidden ‘LeWitt’ wall drawing may once again see light of day

Current owner of the collector William Stern’s former home wants to uncover work that was painted over when the Menil Collection sold the property

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Conservation

Boris Johnson related to mummy found in Basel crypt

Corpse is identified as Anna Catharina Bischoff, who is great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of British foreign secretary

Conservation

The life of Riley: meet the dog protecting the works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Conservation

Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn in Lake District up for sale

Chinese collector may step in to save the barn, after Arts Council rejects funding bid

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Conservation

Met’s science labs shed light on other museums’ collections

New York institutions are accessing equipment and expertise thanks to $2m, six-year grant

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Conservation

Hermitage gets Caravaggio’s Lute Player back on song

First-ever major restoration for the artist’s only work in a Russian museum

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Conservation

Murillo's dramatic altarpiece back on display in Liverpool after a major clean-up

The restored Virgin and Child in Glory at the Walker Art Gallery reveals Spanish master's "exquisite skills"

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Conservation

Lasers and water gel used to restore Medieval altarpiece from Rimini

The treatment of Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus museum's fragile alabaster ensemble could pave the way for future loans

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Conservation

Drip dry: Moca LA to restore Pollock painting in its galleries

The museum aims to open the cleaning process to the public, with a conservator on hand to answer questions

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Venice

This is no way to solve the cruise ship issue in Venice

The Italian government’s latest decision is in hock to the port’s own interests

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Art market

Former Met director sparks Instagram spat over $450m Leonardo da Vinci

Thomas Campbell posted an image of the Salvator Mundi before conservation, triggering a row with its former co-owner Robert Simon and Christie’s Loic Gouzer

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Museums

Mogul and Russian culture ministry vie with museum for prized icon

Curators call on St Petersburg prosecutor to investigate "criminal expropriation" of the artefact

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Conservation

Behind the seams at the Met’s Costume Institute

How the New York museum is leading the way in conserving half a millennium of style

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Conservation

Old Masters, new tricks: conservators unearth century-old collection’s secrets

Two years of investigation preceded the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition of highlights from the Johnson Collection

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Conservation

Portrait believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots discovered beneath 16th-century painting

Figure found using X-ray photography during research by National Galleries of Scotland and the Courtauld

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Seattle Art Museum

Seattle set to get first Asian paintings studio in western US

Mellon Foundation grant helps to establish conservation centre at city’s Asian art museum

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Restitution

Painting in Gurlitt hoard identified as Nazi loot—thanks to a tiny repair hole

Portrait by Thomas Couture belonged to a French politician who opposed the Nazis

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King Frederick I of Prussia’s bed gets the royal treatment in Berlin

Monarch’s ceremonial bed has survived many battles

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Conservation

UK’s Cultural Protection Fund makes headway in conflict zones

The £30m fund helps locals to safeguard and promote heritage at risk in 12 countries in the Middle East and Africa

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Conservation

Never can say goodbye: how Degas struggled with the art of letting go

New research by the National Gallery of Art looks into the complex question of what constituted a finished work in the eyes of the artist

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Rediscovered Mexican Old Master picture gets fresh look for Met show

A surprise find in the Bronx is now part of an exhibition on Baroque painter Cristóbal de Villalpando

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Conservation

Blue Boy takes a well-earned break ahead of treatment

The painting has rarely gone off display at the museum since its opening in 1928—until now

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Conservation

Cracked it! Getty exhibition unlocks the material secrets of Concrete art

Study of Latin American works from the Coleccíon Patricia Phelps de Cisneros reveals orientation shifts, household paint and ways to obtain that perfect edge

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Conservation

Artists lead preservation efforts at California arts centre

Latest commission at the Headlands Center for the Arts continues long tradition of rehabilitation projects at the former military complex

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Conservation

Stolen Guercino painting will need a year of conservation

Altarpiece taken from Italian church in 2014 and rolled up inside a carpet lost 30% of surface paint

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Conservation

François Pinault funds restoration of historic drawings of Paris's former stock exchange

The French billionaire plans to open a museum in the Bourse de Commerce in 2019

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Royal Academy of Arts lifts Burlington Gardens veil with end of revamp in sight

Façade restoration nears completion in project to unite the RA campus in time for 250th anniversary in 2018

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Exhibitions

V&A celebrates the designers who made the most of plywood

From surfboards to a Second World War bomber, new show charts the rise of the humble material

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Conservation

Late artist Sidney Nolan’s undisturbed UK studio opens to the public

Australian-born painter's workspace temporarily opens this summer for his centenary

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Conservation

Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf

Site in Turkey is due to be flooded after completion of giant Ilisu Dam

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Caro sculpture is shipshape again

Sea Music (1991) on Dorset's Poole Quay refreshed after 25 years' exposure to salty sea air and detritus from barges being loaded

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Fontainebleau theatre restoration enters final phase

Focus will be on restoring the theatre’s machinery, the upper levels of the salons and the podium that houses one of France’s most important stage sets

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Fahrelnissa Zeid: the Modern Turkish artist who walked on her canvases

Conservator travelled to Jordan to treat her work ahead of major Tate Modern show opening this week

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Conservation

Yale and MoMA team up to resurrect visionary light works

Thomas Wilfred’s 50-page manual came in handy

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Dutch museum’s entire Mondrian collection gets a health check

Gemeentemuseum has been assessing works since 2009 as part of its Mondrian Restoration Project

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Renoir’s restored home becomes a museum

The French Impressionist’s former summer residence in Essoyes opens to the public in June after a major overhaul of its gardens and fin-de-siècle interiors

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Exhibitions

Scientific models in the spotlight in Manchester

A century of grime was removed from the teaching tools ahead of the show

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Conservation

Cerith Wyn Evans’s Tate commission presented a sticky situation

The installation is secured to the ceiling via 1,500 Perspex discs filled with a state-of-the-art adhesive

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Architecture

Moscow’s Constructivist architecture under threat by government demolition plan

A proposal to raze Soviet era housing and relocate 1.6 million residents has caused so much concern that thousands turned out to protest this weekend

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Conservation

Venice’s 19th-century Giardini Reali set to bloom with €5m makeover

Work on the neglected garden is due to begin this month

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Conservation

Giacometti’s Women of Venice sculptures restored and reunited for Tate Modern show

Plaster sextet will appear together for the first time since it was unveiled at the 1956 Venice Biennale

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Conservation

Students leave pencil marks on ancient sculptures at the British Museum

The increase in graffiti cases over the past decade raises concerns about monitoring and protection of the collection

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Conservation

Vandalised Gainsborough back at National Gallery

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Conservation

Future of Wentworth Woodhouse secure after £7m purchase

The Grade-I listed, 18th-century property is believed to be the largest private home in the UK

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Conservation

Meet Idrimi, the British Museum’s 3,500-year-old Syrian refugee

Digital modelling will give the public unprecedented access and provide an accurate representation of the statue’s current condition

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Conservation

World Monuments Fund launches Instagram campaign to save Modern buildings

The initiative comes days after three key structures in India were demolished

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UK exhibition costs statue an arm and a leg—in a good way

Conservators remove sculpture’s “horrendous” replacement limbs ahead of Fitzwilliam show

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De Stijl factory gets a new lease of life in time for art movement's centenary

New owners restore De Ploeg—the only industrial building designed by Gerrit Rietveld

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Pompeii will have 'regular maintenance at last'

Massimo Osanna, the man leading the ancient city's restoration, has turned the site around—but there is still work to do

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Conservation

Removal of a rare Roman mosaic in southern France enflames local conservation groups

The 2,000-year-old work will be restored in Nimes and go back on display in Uzès, local authorities insist

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'World's shortest railway' to resume service by this summer

Angel's Flight, a historic funicular in downtown Los Angeles, gets major revamp ahead of its reopening

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Berlin Wall gets its own protective railing

New barrier at East Side Gallery heritage site will keep tourists back

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Michelangelo-designed frame reimagined by National Gallery

A mix of old and new elements gives greater depth to Sebastiano del Piombo’s The Raising of Lazarus

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Banksy work cleared from vacant site and restored for public display

Toronto developer’s intervention raises questions about the practice of preserving street art

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European cobalt blue imported to China from early 18th century

Scientific tests reveal Qing-dynasty artisans used it to produce famille rose porcelain

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Egyptian pharaoh rescued from watery Cairo grave—but which one does it depict?

Early reports identified it as a statue of Ramses II, but now scholars think it may be a later king

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Conservation

Photos of Guercino painting, rolled up like a rug by thieves, reveal extent of damage

The work was taken from an Italian church in 2014 and recently recovered in Casablanca