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On Wednesday, the Louvre Museum in Paris will unveil the hotly-anticipated restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s St. John the Baptist (1513). The painting is considered one of the masterpieces the legendary artist crafted in his mature years.

The restoration, however—which was undertaken by the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, and took nine months—was not met without controversy when it was first announced in January.

Back then, some professionals complained that other Da Vinci paintings had been excessively lightened in previous restoration efforts. In 2012, for example, two art conservation experts on the panel advising the restoration of Da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne (1503) resigned in protest over the methods employed.

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