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People Won’t Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen
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People Won’t Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

From rust being washed off some old pots to dirt removed from crevices between tiles, watching something return to its previous state is oddly satisfying and art pieces are no exception to that principle.

Not too long ago we shared a video of art expert Philip Mould removing the old varnish off a 400-year-old painting, which since then has gone viral. The fascinating process of painting restoration garnered attention on Tumblr where people were quick to demand the same thing to be done to Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous ‘Mona Lisa.’ A tempting idea, especially after seeing how beautiful the ‘Woman In Red’ looked after Mould’s treatment. In fact, some restoration work was done in 1809 on the original Mona Lisa, and that’s why it looks so ‘washed out’ as some layers of paint were removed during the process.

A Tumblr user named Eleanor quickly explained what would happen if someone tried to restore the famous painting to its original state. From introducing us to Leonardo’s painting techniques to the whole process of oil painting conservation, Eleanor explained why the restoration wouldn’t be worth the risk.

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Not too long ago the internet was fascinated by Philip Mould’s restoration of 400-year-old ‘Woman In Red’

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

He used a mixture of gel and solvent, created specifically for this art piece, to remove the yellow varnish

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

“A mixture of gel and solvent was created, specifically just to remove the varnish and not to damage the underlying paint”

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

“It’s different from normal restoration, with the gel suspending the solvent and working more controllably”

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

After seeing Mould’s work, people of Tumblr quickly demanded this be done to Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa,’ however, a user named Eleanor was quick to explain what would happen if someone did that

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

People Won't Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

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Meowton Mewsk
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4 years ago

That was a great read. Super interesting.

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
4 years ago

Same here! Read it all! So fascinating! Hope this girl gets into the program.

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stellermatt
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4 years ago

fascinating.

Daniel Losinger
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4 years ago

It would be easier to do this in Photoshop.

Kagamilia
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4 years ago

Lol

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Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
4 years ago

That was a great read. Super interesting.

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
4 years ago

Same here! Read it all! So fascinating! Hope this girl gets into the program.

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stellermatt
Community Member
4 years ago

fascinating.

Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

It would be easier to do this in Photoshop.

Kagamilia
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol

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