Vatican Tech to Help Restore Egyptian Artworks

Lasers always make us think of futuristic vistas – a time of self aware robots and a galaxy far far away. However, the lasers that are employed at the Vatican are used to illuminate the past – that is, to restore great works of art. These precise instruments can clear sediment more carefully than any human hand and make sure there is no residual damage to the artwork.


{More on Lasers in Art Conservation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/lasers-art-conservation-duke-university-professor-discovery_n_3550087.html}


Though the Vatican has used lasers in restoration for a while now, new and more modern technologies keep coming to us. The patrons have been instrumental in the acquisition of this kind of tech for use in our work. For example, this past year, the Washington D.C. Chapter secured an ArtLight II laser and it has already been put to use in our important work restoring the Scala Santa at the Chapel of San Lorenzo.

These kinds of cutting-edge systems are coveted by museums around the world and therefore, many other centers of art and culture have requested partnerships with the Vatican for the purpose of using our lasers for their own projects. For example, in mid-October, the Egyptian Museum in Turin will bring masterpieces here to be restored.


(How are they buried? Another collaboration with the Egyptian Museum regarding ancient coffin research: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300235.htm http://www.vatican-patrons.org/vatican-coffin-research-project-923 )


 

Not only does this mean beautifying these important works, but has the added benefit of allowing our patrons access to pieces from far flung places that they might not otherwise be able to visit.

Keep an eye out for more information on what will be available to see from the Egyptian Museum and the process of their restoration. Other viable partnerships with elite institutions mean more access to spectacularly restored artwork from around the world – all brought to you with the power of lasers.

Department of the Vatican Museums, the Diagnostic Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration of the Vatican Museums, restorer Giovanna Prestipino, wood expert Victoria Asensi Amoros, and the Musées de France (C2RMF) are  collaborated with the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum in Paris for their Vatican Coffin Research Project

Department of the Vatican Museums, the Diagnostic Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration of the Vatican Museums, restorer Giovanna Prestipino, wood expert Victoria Asensi Amoros, and the Musées de France (C2RMF) are collaborated with the Department of Egyptian Antiquities of the Louvre Museum in Paris for their Vatican Coffin Research Project