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Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 19:54 GMT
Venus revealed in original glory
Italian art restorers have revealed the long-hidden skin-deep beauty of a 16th century painting of Venus, the goddess of love.

They have not only stripped off centuries of grime, but also removed her clothes which had been painted on during a later, more prudish age.

The picture, Venus in Love, showing the goddess reclining in the arms of Cupid, is the work of the Renaissance artist, Ridolfo di Ghirlandaio.

Venus with clothes painted on her
Venus's clothes were added on for questions of 'decency' during the 19th century

Venus revealed as she was originally painted
The clothing was removed in a delicate process using solvents

Venus on display
The painting is now on display in the Colonna gallery in central Rome

The restored painting and a demonstration of how the work was done
Visitors can compare the old with the new

Cupid and Venus close up
Cupid whispers to his mother, Venus

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