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How to restore a vandalised masterpiece

One of the conservators who worked on restoring Mark Rothko's Black on Maroon explains how they made replicas of the painting to work out how to repair the vandalised original

Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon has gone back on public display at London's Tate Modern gallery, 18 months after it was vandalised with graffiti.

The 1958 painting was defaced by Wlodzimierz Umaniec in October 2012. He was sent to prison as a result but has now apologised for his actions.

Rachel Barker was one of the conservators who have spent 18 months restoring the painting - she demonstrated how the painstaking process involved creating replicas of the painting to test different solutions for restoring the damaged area.