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In 2001, the Getty Museum and the Staatliches Museum, Schwerin, Germany, began a collaborative project to restore two enormous paintings by French artist Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755). Each canvas is around 10 feet tall; Lion was painted in 1752, and Rhinoceros in 1749. Oudry was known as one of the finest animal painters in 18th century Europe, and was commissioned to paint life-size portraits of animals owned by Louis XV, the King of France. The online exhibition presents digital versions of the animals from the King's zoo, as well as highlights of the 4-year conservation process, including a 30-minute video. In addition, there is also a blog and the "Menagerie Madness" game where players are given 45 seconds to spot altered details by comparing two similar images.
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Date of Scout Publication 2007-05-11
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