A Renaissance mystery adds to National Gallery vandalism fears

The guardian | Dalya Alberge:

Mysterious scratch marks on two 16th-century Italian masterpieces at the National Gallery have rekindled a bitter dispute about a cost-cutting drive that has seen security at the world-famous collection handed over to the private security firm Securitas. The damage, apparently caused by fingernails or rings, is the latest development in the long-running battle over arrangements to oversee more than six million visitors a year. Curatorial staff were shocked to find “clearly visible” scratches at the bottom of Saints Sebastian, Roch and Demetrius, painted in the 1520s by Ortolano… Read more

Image:  Damage to two Italian masterpieces at the National Gallery has alarmed critics of the gallery’s conservation policy. Photograph: Max Nash/PA