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Armin Linke

Born in 1966, lives and works in Berlin and Milan



With special thanks to Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France

In these images, we look into the restoration laboratories of French museums, specifically that of the Louvre in Paris. One of the most sophisticated worldwide, the facility is equipped with various specialist equipment, including a particle accelerator. In Linke’s photographs we see restoration work on Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654). The painting is a reinterpretation of two reliefs and was begun around 1647, followed by a continued process of alteration and repainting until its completion in 1654. X-rays, such as the one visible in this photograph, show that at some point late in the painting process, Rembrandt lowered Bathsheba's head from its initial upward angle. The subtle change increased the sense of the figure's withdrawal into reverie, imparting a feeling of solemnity and contemplation.