Thursday, June 05, 2014

A Whale Of A Tale

Earlier this year a conservator at the Hamilton Kerr Institute made a surprising discovery while working on a 17th-century painting owned by the Fitzwilliam Museum. As Shan Kuang cleaned the surface, she revealed the beached whale that had been the intended focus of the composition.

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soubriquet said...

Interesting, video, I'm always fascinated by what restorers discover in old paintings. As I watched, I was listening in my head to 'The Last Leviathan', It echoed so much in my mind that I posted it. Do you get many leviathans in Niagara, Nag?

The Nag said...

What a beautiful song! There's something unbearably sad about those big lonely beasts. No whales in Niagara-on-the-Lake - although I have put on a few pounds over the long, cold winter.