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Leonardo's "Adoration of the Magi" now cleaner, brighter

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/27/2017
Uffizi museum manager Erik Smith gestures as Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men" is returned to the public after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press Uffizi museum manager Erik Smith gestures as Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men" is returned to the public after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The unfinished Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece "Adoration of the Magi" has emerged from a six-year restoration cleaner and brighter.

A visitor takes pictures of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press A visitor takes pictures of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

The large, nearly square oil painting returned to its home at Florence's Uffizi Gallery for a special exhibit starting Tuesday and running through September.

Visitors take pictures of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press Visitors take pictures of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

Leonardo painted the piece, representing Mary with the infant Jesus surrounded by visitors, between 1481 and 1482 but left it unfinished after leaving Florence for Milan. It had been commissioned by Augustinian monks for the San Donato a Scopeto church but ultimately ended up in the Medici collection.

Visitors take pictures of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press Visitors take pictures of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men", returned to the public of the Uffizi museum after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

The restoration was carried out by a team at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, a research and conservation institute of the Italian culture ministry. Experts said the restoration uncovered newfound lucidity and profundity in the work.

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