The Secret Life of Drawings is an exhibit going on now at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. It is based around things that were discovered during the modern day restoration of drawings from the 1300s to the late 1800s. One thing they have discovered include a watermark from an 1500s paper mill that was used to date a drawing. Another thing they discovered was a previously unknown drawing by Bandinelli on the back of one of his other drawings that was used to sketch out one of his most famous sculptures.
I urge you to check out the site here and watch the video of one of the Getty Museum conservators restoring several pieces- it's amazing.
It really is incredible and I have come to believe that restoring art is an art in itself. I hope I can make it over to LA to see the exhibit before it is finished.
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