Labor of Love Restores Medici Tapestry

Four restoration specialists at New York's Metropolitan Museum have taken on the backbreaking effort of restoring "The Gathering of Manna," a 16th century Medici tapestry, one stitch at a time.

The work, created in Florence between 1595 and 1596 at the workshop of Guasparri Papini, became the property of Alessandro Ottavaniano de' Medic, later Pope Leo XI.

When acquired by the museum, the tapestry was very dirty. It was carefully washed and the backing removed before the real restoration work began to return it to its original glory. The museum plans to eventually exhibit the piece when restoration is complete.