Restoration of 14C Frescoes in Umbria
The Romanesque Abbey of San Pietro on ATG’s Unknown Umbria route was founded in 742, and the present church dates from a reconstruction in 10-11C. This project is to restore the fresco of the ‘Madonna & Saints’, dating from the 14th century, which is located in the right apse of the Abbey.
Romanesque Abbey of San Pietro in Vallee, founded in 742
The project has been approved by the ‘Sovrintendenza dei Beni Culturali’ (Ministerial authority for Cultural Heritage), and the restoration works are due to start this summer. Edward Bernard, the Trust’s chairman, was delighted to receive a letter from the Archbishop of Spoleto, Mons. Renato Boccardo, expressing gratitude for the grant offered by the ATG Trust to fund the restoration of this fresco.
Letter from the Archbishop of Spoleto
The process of restoring the frescoes:
- Removal of surface deposits such as dust and sediment by applying tablets of cellulose pulp soaked with a mixture of salts
- Evaluation of the impact of the deposits by the application of ion exchange resins
- Rinsing with distilled water and application of absorbent material for removal of dust adhering to the partially painted elements; extraction of soluble salts and residual salts
- Restoration of cohesion of the paint film, in cases of disintegration
- Restoration of the cohesion of the paint film, including removal of excess graffiti, tempera and oil on wall
- Restoration of the cohesion of the plaster support of the painting
- Injection of adhesive fillers (hydraulic pre-mixed mortar or acrylic resin in emulsion)
- Grouting of cracks, fractures and fallen layers of plaster
- Reintegration of base colours
- Reintegration of colour patterns
14th century ‘Madonna and Saints’
Go and see for yourself!
Clients who book ATG’s escorted Unknown Umbria and Flowers of Umbria trips, or Umbria & Spoleto (superior) independent trip have the opportunity to stay at the delightful Abbey and visit the church.
The Piano Grande, Monti Sibillini National Park
Restoration of Irini Chapel, Crete
Chapel housing 14C frescoes
This chapel, on ATG’s Western Crete trip, is the only one with frescoes dating from the 14th century. The project is to restore the shrine and preserve the Byzantine frescoes for future generations.
Restoration is in the third and final phase. After an unanticipated delay, completion of the project is scheduled for 2013. The building is now water-tight so the frescoes inside are protected from further damage. All that remains is to fit hand-made Byzantine-style roof tiles. Once the building is complete, work on restoring the frescoes can begin. This work will be undertaken by the local Euphoriate.
Faded frescoes to undergo restoration
Go and see for yourself!
Clients who book ATG’s Western Crete escorted trip will have the opportunity to visit the chapel.
Western Crete: wonderful views
The Trust is always looking for new projects on our trips to invest in. If you have an idea the Trust would be delighted to hear from you! Contact Jessica Jenkins, Trust Secretary, on (44) 01865 315 613, or firstname.lastname@example.org.