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Uffizi art conservator brushes up Taiwan's temples

Western expertise draws attention to cultural value of temple paintings

Art conservator Tsai Shun-jen carries out restoration work in a Taiwanese temple. He returned to Taiwan in 2012 after being trained in art restoration in Italy. (Courtesy of TSJ Art Restoration)

TAIPEI -- For nearly 10 years, Taiwanese art conservator Tsai Shun-jen honed his skills in some of the West's greatest museums, including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, with its priceless collection of Renaissance masterpieces by painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.

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