TV cameras enter Vatican Museums restoration labs

Restoration work

For the first time, television cameras have had access to the laboratories of the Vatican Museums, according to Rome Reports.

The experts here are in charge of restoring artwork from all cultures and parts of the world. The work requires a lot of dedication and many hours of study.

Marco Pratelli, from the museum's Laboratory of Paintings and Wooden Objects said: "Above all, it is necessary to know the substances that are on the surface, and the expert knows this from his experience either acquired through observation or through the attentive scientific analysis that we carry out in laboratories."

Many people do not fully know the cultural wealth that is hidden in the different rooms of the Vatican Museums. The facilities house more than 80,000 works of art from different historical periods. Some of them would not be able to be admired by the public if it were not for the hard work of the restorers.

Among the museums' restoration experts, there are biologists, chemists, researchers, and curators, all of whom are responsible for "resurrecting" pieces, which in some cases, were made thousands of years ago.

Approximately six million people visit the Vatican Museums each year. They are able to see work ranging from Greco-Roman statues to exclusive relics of the Etruscans and Egyptians. Artists who greatly impacted history, such as Giotto, Caravaggio, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Rafael, continue to astonish visitors with their unique details and realism that have endured through time.

It is not only the big names that have space, but also craftsmanship from different ethnic groups in China, Tibet, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Thailand.

The museums manage to find a point in common between diverse cultures. It achieves this not only by confining itself to religious works, but also by embracing all of mankind.


A restorer at work (Rome Reports)


Television cameras enter the laboratories of the Vatican Museums for the first time (Rome Reports)

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