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Detail after cleaning of fragmentary red border and grey tiles at lower right edge of the painting

The bright red band at the front of the pavement only survives in fragments, most of it is either lost or concealed beneath insoluble filling and overpaint. However, there is enough original paint remaining to provide firm evidence that the truncation of the floor to create a raised ‘stage’ on which the scene is taking place was part of the original intent.

The grey, rectangular edges of the white diagonal lines on the pavement also survive in fragments but are crucial to establishing how the space was conceived by di Giorgio. Because of its compositional importance the edge was recreated using the remaining fragments as a guide.