The Madonnas of Leningrad - Part 11, p. 212 - 228 Summary & Analysis

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Part 11, p. 212 - 228 Summary

The Past - Marina takes a squad of young soldiers and their captain on a tour of the museum, relying on her memory palace for details about the placement of their paintings and their contents. On a few occasions, she slips into her old commentary based on the actual presence of the paintings, but quickly corrects herself, awakening the boys' imaginations. Some of them even add their own comments and observations about the paintings, some of which, to Marina's surprise, are accurate. As she goes, her enthusiasm grows, her descriptions become more intense, and the boys become increasingly involved. She describes painting after painting, Madonna after Madonna, and focuses particularly on those in the Raphael room. As she's describing one particular Raphael Madonna, she begins to see a ghostly image behind the one she's talking about, one perhaps painted over by the artist...

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