Posted Saturday night, December 3, 2016.
Major Renaissance painting restored 50 years after it was covered in flood waters. https://t.co/VzihXJnfRd— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) November 8, 2016
To jump straight to Jason Daley’s story at Smithsonian Magazine, follow the link to Giorgio Vasari’s “Last Supper” was heavily damaged during Florence’s 1966 flood. Conservationists finally figured out how to save it.
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In the last 50 years, Florence has installed many flood control measures, but there’s no guarantee that a catastrophic flood won’t happen again. That’s why, Wilmering says, the Museum of the Opera of Santa Croce has put “The Last Supper” on a winch system. With the press of a button, the painting will be lifted 20 feet into the air, hopefully out of the way of any rising flood waters.