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The Actor. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Museum of Art, Copyright Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

By Mark Memmott

Three months after suffering a six-inch gash when a woman accidentally stumbled into it, Picasso's painting The Actor is back on a wall in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

But now, The New York Times says, it is "safely behind plexiglass."

Next Tuesday, the public will again be able to see The Actor. The museum, as the Associated Press writes, will be "exhibiting its complete holdings of the Spanish artist's paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics, plus 200 works on paper."

In preparing for the exhibition, according to the AP, curators discovered that Picasso "more frequently painted over other paintings than originally thought. ... In the case of The Actor, which depicts an acrobat posed dramatically against an abstract background, the museum discovered that Picasso had painted the image on the back of a previously painted canvas after covering the earlier work with heavy paint."

The Times says that "reestoration involved a slow and careful realignment of the painting, and that meant time. So for six weeks The Actor lay face down, with varying weights on it to counteract the 'memory' of the damage."

categories: Art

12:25 - April 20, 2010