Nosy scientists conclude Raphael did a nose-job on self-portrait

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Nosy scientists conclude Raphael did a nose-job on self-portrait

Researchers have reconstructed the artist’s face using tissue-layering techniques, but critics are not convinced

Philip Pullella

Raphael probably didn’t like his nose and replaced it with an idealised version in his famous self-portrait.

That is the conclusion of scientist’s at Italy’s Rome University, who produced a 3D computer reconstruction of the Renaissance master’s face from a plaster cast of his presumed skull, made in 1833.

In that year, the remains, believed to be those of the man hailed by his contemporaries as “the divine one” because he sought perfection through his work, were last exhumed...

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