The “Virgin of the Rocks” of the National Gallery in London was made by Leonardo as a second version compared to the one now in the Louvre. The restoration started in 2008 and lasted about a year and a half and thinned the thickness of the painting applied during a previous restoration, which took place in the late 1940s. The cleaning operation has returned the original sculptural effect, the result of Leonardo’s mastery in blending tonal values from light to dark, aesthetic quality that has become difficult to appreciate due to the yellowing and desaturation of paint aged over time.


Friday 6 June, 17:30
Conference room, Palazzo Reale
Piazza Duomo 14, Milano

Larry Keith – Head of Conservation and Keeper, National Gallery, London

Mauro Natale

Caterina Bon Valsassina – Direttore regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Lombardia
Claudio Salsi – ICOM, International Council of Museums


Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo

In collaboration with:
Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco
Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano
Museo del Novecento
Museo Diocesano di Milano
Museo Poldi Pezzoli

With the support of:
MiC – Ministero della cultura
Provincia di Milano
Comune di Milano
ICOM – International Council of Museums Italia

With the support and patronage of:
Regione Lombardia

With the contribution of:
Fondazione Cariplo