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Church murals by Delacroix get a fresh look

Religious murals by the great French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) in Paris’s Saint-Sulpice church will be on view to the public again in October after a year of painstaking restoration. The three paintings depict the expulsion of Heliodorus from the temple, Jacob wrestling an angel, and the Archangel Michael defeating Lucifer. Delacroix waterproofed the underlying stone with up to 13 layers of wax, resin and oil, but water leaked in from the roof. Following repairs to the roof, restorers cleaned and stabilised the paintings and carried out remedial work. The estimated cost of the project is €450,000.