Recently, we were finally able to change that. As part of the restoration of the Long Gallery, we conducted new research on Bardini Blue and the room’s walls. First we had to make sure that Isabella actually used the color Berenson had sent her. In fact, her color was somewhat different from Bardini’s paint sample.
To ensure that the color could be as accurately reproduced as possible, the Museum’s conservators undertook several studies to determine the original shade.
We identified small traces of the original color in the Long Gallery and museum staircase, behind furniture and edges of the architecture elements. The color uncovered below the later repaints is a more intense hue than the color sample given to Gardner, suggesting that she modified it to suit her aesthetic vision. To reconstitute the paint, scrapings of the original color traces from the walls were used to create a sample board and allowed to dry. From this, our team visually matched the hue and sheen of the original with a stable, long lasting substitute.