€10m Monet back in rightful place after restoration
A 140-year-old painting – worth €10m – has been restored to its former glory after it was damaged in the National Gallery of Ireland two years ago.
The painting was restored at a cost of €70,000 after an extensive tear to the canvas left the painting in need of serious restoration work.
The 1874 work, 'Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat', was ripped and perforated while on display in the Millennium Wing of the gallery in June 2012.
Head of Conservation at the National Gallery of Ireland Simone Mancini said he was proud to see the painting restored and back on public display.
"The National Gallery's approach to the conservation of Monet's painting was primarily dictated by the need to retain the integrity and originality of the painting and by applying the principles of reversibility, clarity and minimum intervention," said Mr Mancini.
Director at the National Gallery of Ireland Sean Rainbird said that the staff at the gallery deserved great credit for the work that they put in to repair the painting after the traumatic damage it received.
"One thing that you never want as a museum director is this kind of crisis and this kind of emergency, but what I was immediately encouraged by was the response of the staff," said Mr Rainbird.
"This project to restore and conserve one of the gallery's most popular impressionist works of art is testament to the outstanding expertise and dedication of our professional team of conservators."
The project was sponsored by the BNP Parisbas Foundation, who aim to promote innovative cultural projects.
Managing director of the BNP Paribas Foundation Jean-Jacques Gordon said he is proud to be involved in the restoration of a work by one of the 19th Century's greatest artists.
"This can be a long process but it does not matter. Sometimes you have to give the time to the conservation work to make sure it is done correctly," he said.