Apr. 18, 2012 - Titian's ''Bacchus and Ariadne'' to be Restored : Mr. Arthur Lucas is probably the world's supreme expert in the field of restring paintings. and to him has been entrust the world's most controversial piece of restoration work, that of the National Gallery's celebrated but decaying £2 million Titian? ''Bacchus and Ariadne''. For decades the controversy had gone on. Should, as the anti - restorers have claimed, 'this delicate and miraculous canvas'' be kept from ''Controversial'' cleaning methods ?

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Apr. 18, 2012 - Titian's ''Bacchus and Ariadne'' to be Restored : Mr. Arthur Lucas is probably the world's supreme expert in the field of restring paintings. and to him has been entrust the world's most controversial piece of restoration work, that of the National Gallery's celebrated but decaying £2 million Titian? ''Bacchus and Ariadne''. For decades the controversy had gone on. Should, as the anti - restorers have claimed, 'this delicate and miraculous canvas'' be kept from ''Controversial'' cleaning methods ?
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Apr. 18, 2012 - Titian's ''Bacchus and Ariadne'' to be Restored : Mr. Arthur Lucas is probably the world's supreme expert in the field of restring paintings. and to him has been entrust the world's most controversial piece of restoration work, that of the National Gallery's celebrated but decaying £2 million Titian? ''Bacchus and Ariadne''. For decades the controversy had gone on. Should, as the anti - restorers have claimed, 'this delicate and miraculous canvas'' be kept from ''Controversial'' cleaning methods ?. Or has, as the restoration lobby replied, ''modern technology advanced so far as to enable this treasure, if not over, have now been superseded. The painting is to be restored. And at least this is beyond controversy. it could not be in safer hands than those of Mr. Lucas. photo shows Arthur Lucas, on left watches his assistant John Hargreaves, who is working on an early, bought by the national Gallery from Christie's early this year. (Credit Image: Keystone Pictures USA/ZUMAPRESS)