Conservator…or Contortionist?

Restorers have to master many talents–they are scientists, historians and of course, artists. But who knew they have to have a touch of maverick–acrobatic and balancing skills, dexterity and a bit of finesse.

Restorer, Ignacio Gonzalez Panicello, is pictured dangling over the back of Marco Palmezzano’s Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist and St. Jerome, an incredible late 15th century painting currently undergoing restoration thanks to the generosity of the Strange Trust of the Michigan Chapter.

It calls to mind the visual of how Michelangelo himself must have been in a similar but inverted compromising position when painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel…