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Baroque giants in treatment

The Croatian Conservation Institute is currently treating two paintings by Carlo Maratta (1625-1713) that were rediscovered in 2013. The Parnassus and The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila are Late Baroque copies of paintings in the Vatican’s Raphael Rooms. The large-scale copies, commissioned by Pope Innocent XI, were donated to the then Yugoslav Academy of Sciences in 1890s by the Odescalchi family—descendants of the pope. They hung in the academy’s main entrance until 1956 when they were taken down, rolled up and put into storage.