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Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel Sculptures Were Cleaned with Bacteria During COVID-19

Leading up to and during the pandemic, when art spaces around the world were shut down and priceless masterpieces sat un-gazed upon, art restorers unleashed a bacteria called Serratia ficaria SH7 upon masterpieces created by Michelangelo in the Medici chapel. Over the centuries, grime had accumulated on sculptures and a sarcophagus created by the Italian sculptor that evaded even the most stringent of restoration efforts, and so scientists turned to the oil, glue and phosphate-consuming microbes in order to consume stains and other discolorations. According to the New York Times, these efforts have been successful.

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