Pictures of the natural trio of the Bellini workshop were published by the Venice Charity in Peril.
The natural trio of Bellini workshop is in the final stages of cleaning. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, conservation facilities will have to close.
The painting, painted in the early 15th century for the church of Santa Maria della Carita, is now housed at the Accademia Gallery in Venice. Early last year, Venice in Peril launched a £55,000 appeal to support the conservation project in a bid to discover “more about Giovanni Bellini’s early working life and the contribution made by his family and other artists in his workshop”.
A half-moon part of the trio has been restored. This image is posted on the charity’s Instagram feed. “For Easter week, we show the central section of the lunette with the Holy Trinity: God as a massive presence, with the Holy Spirit faintly outlined against his beard behind the vulnerable figure of Christ on the cross,” says the Instagram post.
The quality of the preliminary sketches on the dashboard has come to light. “The Misericordia conservation studio in Cannaregio [Venice], where the Nativity Triptych by the Bellini family is being conserved by a team headed by Milena Dean, has had to close.
Conservators have also removed discoloured varnish, retouched areas, applied a protective layer and repaired woodworm holes.