Giotto Frescoes & Ultraviolet Light: Shining Glory Revealed

March 9th, 2010 - 10:24 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

giotto_1592628c Mar 9 (THIAINDIAN NEWS) The Frescoes, which are the paintings of Italian artist, Giotto di Bondone, decorate the walls of the Peruzzi Chapel in the Santa Croce Church in Florence. These “Giotto Frescoes” date as far back as 1320, and were whitewashed around 300 years ago, as was the custom at that time. During the 19th century,in 1840, the whitewash was removed,using steel wool and solvents The paintings were restored badly, losing much of their color, and details during these processes. They were left in a sad state, scratched, faded, with most of the detailed work lost.

The Getty Foundation issued a grant to help restore these painting, and researchers had been working on the restoration. After spending four months mapping these paintings to prepare them for a possible restoration, the researchers accidentally discovered that shining ultraviolet light on the paintings brought out a brilliant and detailed look at these magnificent works of art. The results were absolutely amazing and beautiful!

The frescoes have many extravagant works of art, such as a depiction of St John The Evangelist ascending to heaven, and one of the head of John the Baptist being offered to King Herod on a silver plate by one of his Roman Soldiers.

Since continually bathing these gorgeous works of art in Ultraviolet light would damage them even further, the plan is to use ultraviolet photography to take pictures of each picture, and then re create the entire chapel full of art in a computer generated work of art.

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