The Bigger Picture: A Literary Flame Burns Bright

September 27, 2019 By Sanjay Suchak, Sanjay Suchak,

Bob Donahue, a craftsman from Washington, D.C., who specializes in art restoration and conservation, applies a hot wax finish to Moses Jacob Ezekiel’s 1907 statue, “Blind Homer With His Student Guide,” on the Lawn at the University of Virginia. The heat helps the wax spread evenly across the metal, where it will seal the statue from the elements.

Donahue and his assistant, Kelly Potts, have spent this week repairing the statue and re-attaching the lyre held by the student figure at Homer’s feet, which had been removed earlier this year.

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