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The cleaning of this painting presented particular problems as two sections had been added, probably in the 19th century.
Possible poor workmanship on the original panel, combined with an immersion in the Grand Canal in Venice, led to more than 100 years of conservation problems with this painting.
It was not uncommon for canvas paintings to be rolled up for ease of transport. However, this painting seems to have been rolled the wrong way - with the paint on the inside. This led to problems of flaking. Its restoration gave opportunities to study Titian’s methods and materials.