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In our exhibition, Reunited: Francescuccio Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece, eight individual 14th-century paintings that were once a singular altarpiece are brought back together, along with a recreated missing panel, so that the altarpiece can be seen and appreciated as one work of art. Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece is gilded in gold leaf and in this interview with Portland’s local Master Gilder, Nancy Thorn, she describes the gilding techniques that would have been used on the altarpiece and which are still in use today.

Nancy’s studio, Gold Leaf Restoration, can be found at 544 SE Oak St, Portland, OR or at