For lovers of art history, it doesn’t get much better than this – the National Gallery of Victoria is currently running an initiative devoted to the conservation of John Rogers Herbert’s ‘Moses Bringing Down the Tables of the Law’. The painting, which dates from 1872-1878, depicts Moses descending Mount Sinai with the ten commandments and is in an extremely fragile state, meaning that it hasn’t been displayed to the public in recent memory.
The conservation project, which is taking place in one of the gallery’s display rooms, allows members of the public to watch conservators at work on the painting, giving them the chance to see the spectacular piece up close, and also to learn more about how conservation works. Finding a new audience for an iconic but often-overlooked painting, and introducing members of the public to a fascinating and important discipline, the project runs until the 12th of July. [h/t lostateminor.com]