Li­brary launches two-year restora­tion of Blue Boy

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

”Blue Boy” isn’t quite as blue as he once was — and that isn’t a good thing for one of the world’s most rec­og­niz­able paint­ings. To re­store its lus­tre, the 18th cen­tury mas­ter­piece by Bri­tish painter Thomas Gains­bor­ough, fea­tur­ing a Bri­tish youth dressed nearly all in blue, will un­dergo a ma­jor, two-year restora­tion be­gin­ning next week. Cu­ra­tors at The Hunt­ing­ton Li­brary in San Marino, Calif., said Thurs­day they want to re­vi­tal­ize its colour and shore up its can­vas.

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