Restoration of St. Annamorphosis
Leonardo's painting: The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. Underwent restoration in 2011-2012 which resulted in a controversy causing two of the advisory committee supervisors to resign. Critics said that it was damaged by the restoration and became too bright. Others thought it came out fine. You can judge for yourself above. The darker is the pre-restoration.
I tried to make gifs showing the difference by transitioning between the two - but the pictures of the before and after must have been taken from a different perspective so they would not align (over each other) properly. If they would have been taken from the same spot they would fit right over each other. Ironically Leonardo talks about this same thing in his notebooks and designed his paintings to be viewed from a specific vantage point. It's also the basis for anamorphosis - which is art that changes depending on your perspective. oh, Leonardo was also the first artist known to use it!
|This is how St. Anne and the Virgin Mary were depicted before being "Europeanized"|
It seems that I was always destined to be so deeply concerned with
vultures—for I recall as one of my very earliest memories that while I was in my cradle a vulturecame down to me, and opened my mouth with its tail, and struck me many times with its tail against my lips.