|The Creation of Adam, restored|
|A composite image of The Fall and Expulsion of Adam and Eve.|
The upper left is shown unrestored, the lower right is shown restored.
But between 1980 and 1994, restoration efforts uncovered a different palette. It seems the waxy smoke from years of candles (as well as windblown soot from the Roman streets and varnish from an earlier restoration) had muddied the artist's original work and created a grimy haze over the once-vibrant colors. A few small areas remain unrestored, to allow viewers to compare them with the remainder of the ceiling.
|Daniel, before and after restoration|
How easy it is to see a painting (or a Bible passage) through hundreds of years' worth of haze and think we're seeing the artist's (or author's) true intent.