On the occasion of the Giro d’Italia, three restored ‘tondi’ (round paintings) from the Italian Renaissance will be on display from 20 April to 21 June. The paintings, depictions of Madonna and Child from the Rijksmuseum’s collection, have been cleaned and restored for the new Rijksmuseum where they will be permanently on display after the main building re-opens in 2013. These ‘new acquisitions from the Rijksmuseum collection’ are also indicative of the long-term restoration programme currently underway at the Rijksmuseum in order to prepare the collection for the re-opening.
Extensive scientific and technical research has accompanied the restoration of the Italian tondi, which includes Madonna with Child and John the Baptist by The Master of the Conversazione di Santo Spirito and The Adoration of the Christ Child by Cosimo Rosselli. Restoration has also returned magnificent depth of colour and texture.
After the main building is reopened in 2013, the three Madonnas will once again be shown in all their glory in the Italian Renaissance Gallery, together with other Renaissance artworks from the Rijksmuseum collection.